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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Wednesday,  August 22, 2007 –  In the aftermath of Hurricane Dean  the Saint Lucia Fire and Emergency Services SLFS has conducted its internal review and  is  reporting that   from   August 16th  its operations were handled well within capacity with no injury or loss of  life within the ranks of its officers.


The department is also reporting that they were no damages to its  equipment or vehicles except for the Port Station on Jeremie Street in Castries. The powerful sea surge from the Castries Harbour  charged through   the generator building, near the back pier,  damaging  an electric  generator in the process. 


Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mr. Hilton Occulien said  fire stations  throughout the island reported  no structural damage. As such he said in the absence of  any serious  hurricane related delays the units  have gone back to business as usual.   “Now that the country is in the Post Dean  phase the service  has gone  back to its usual emergency stand-by mode. What we would be doing is making sure that all the equipment that were used  is cleaned  up, re -serviced and put back on the units for any eventuality. We would look at our fuel supplies, to see the consumption level; we'd take stock to  see if we need to replenish immediately.”


The Fire and Emergency Services recently   received public applaud for the efficient  manner in which duties was discharged over the passage of first hurricane for the season.

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