Consulate General Receives Support for Saint Lucia Fire Service
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
The Saint Lucia Consulate General in Toronto has partnered with Emergency Solutions International (ESI) and Firefighters Without Borders (FWB) to bring much-needed equipment and training to the Saint Lucia Fire Service.
The emergency responders in Saint Lucia are in urgent need of modernized equipment and training to meet the challenges of responding to fire-related and other emergencies. The Saint Lucia Fire Service provides emergency services islandwide, including fire-fighting, vehicular accident responses and other forms of human catastrophe resulting from natural and man-made disasters.
ESI, based in St. John, New Brunswick is dedicated to assisting governments and private sector entities develop their emergency planning and preparedness capabilities. Together with Firefighters Without Borders, a non-profit organisation that assists fire departments in need of specific skills, training or resources, and the St. Lucia Red Cross, they have been conducting an in-depth, all-hazards risk assessment aimed at helping Saint Lucia develop a long-term strategic plan that meets the island’s specific emergency response needs.
On February 24th 2017, during an official handover presentation held at Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Training Center, ESI and FWB presented Saint Lucia’s Consul General to Canada, Cheryl Francis with more than $145,000 worth of fire/rescue equipment for the Saint Lucia Fire Service. The equipment has been shipped to Saint Lucia.
The donation follows three earlier donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) made to the Consulate General last year on behalf of the Saint Lucia Fire Service, which included helmets, firefighting boots and clothing for new emergency responder recruits.
In addition, ESI and FWB has provided internationally recognized Incident Command System training and certification to the Saint Lucia Fire Service and other emergency responders, such as NEMO, Red Cross and SLASPA. FWB will be providing a Water Rescue (Train the Trainer) Programme for St. Lucia and Dominica from April 10th – 14th, 2017.
Saint Lucia’s Consul General in Canada, Cheryl Francis expressed heartfelt thanks to ESI and FWB for their generous contributions of “skills, knowledge and resources” to Saint Lucia, adding that it would be of immense benefit to the Saint Lucia Fire Service and the government and people of Saint Lucia.
The Saint Lucia Fire Service has been doing their utmost to respond to these emergency situations with their limited resources. ESI and FWB’s contributions are deeply appreciated, and have truly been a labour of love that has paid off in a big way to the emergency responders of the Saint Lucia Fire Service. They are saving lives and helping to make communities safer when it comes to managing disaster risks and hazards.”
Emergency Solutions International Director Mark Gillan is leading the effort to analyse risk on St. Lucia, with a view to a long-term sustainability strategy to address planning, training, exercises and evaluation. “The future looks great for a long-term project: we have received tremendous support and leadership from the Office of the Prime Minster, Saint Lucia’s Consul General, Fire Service, NEMO, SLASPA, Red Cross, Lucelec and Buckeye. Further, private sector assistance has been received from Windjammer Landing (owned by Canadian firm Ellis Don). In the long-run we believe that the resiliency model created in Saint Lucia will be recognized and supported internationally. We are hoping to have added assistance from Canadian partners who have a vested interest in the resiliency of Saint Lucia.”