Monday, December 08, 2003 - Firemen on the island received a boost in
morale and encouragement to remain steadfast, despite the many challenges they
confront in the line of duty. The advice came from Chief Fire Officer Augustin
Gaspard, when he addressed the service men and women at last Friday‘s Annual
Chief Fire Officer’s Parade in Micoud.
Gaspard particularly commended the crew who extinguished the fire at a downtown
store in the heart of the city, which at the time raised fears that a repeat of
the 1948 Castries Fire disaster would occur.
“Let me say, that I am very proud of your performance over the years and in
particular over the past twelve months, for you have delivered under trying
conditions,” Gaspard said.
In recent efforts to further upgrade the fire service, government spent $5.2
million dollars to procure five compact fire appliances which are better able to
traverse the island’s hilly terrain at a faster pace.
According to Hilton Occulien, PRO for the fire service, the smaller fire
appliances came from Austria and England and are equipped with tripod light
systems and back up generators.
This year saw the opening of two new fire stations in Gros Islet and Dennery,
while new stations for Vieux-Fort and Micoud are earmarked for construction in
the new year.