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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - The newly constructed Dennery fire station was opened on Monday. The $2.2 million facility forms part of a broader $7.4 million investment programme by the government of Saint Lucia for improving the island’s emergency and fire services. During the opening ceremony, Chief Fire Officer Augustin Gaspard called on his officers to continue to demonstrate the highest order of professionalism and efficiency to compliment the many developments currently taking place in the Saint Lucia Fire and Emergency Services.

According to Gaspard, “The ultimate goal of the fire service is to provide fire protection to every community on the island. Enabling the service to respond to any major incident within the required response time of 8 minutes, this is our dream. We know it is a big challenge but we will not rest till the entire nation is satisfied with the level of protection provided.”

Member for Parliament for Dennery South, Honourable Damian Greaves, expressed his elation over what he described as a fruitful dream and added that no longer will fire officers continue to operate under deplorable conditions. “We simply could not afford to have our fire service department in a dismal state of disrepair, with broken steps, broken tiles, broken sinks, and dingy walls, holes in floors and leaks in roof. How our fire officers were able to endure this ordeal is beyond our imagination,” said Greaves.

The Dennery fire station was designed and developed under the Project Financing and Development Agreement between the Government of Saint Lucia and NIPRO and was built within a twenty month period. Construction of the facility proved economically rewarding for some fifty persons from the Dennery community who were employed on the project. The architecture was developed by Paul Hippolyte and Associates, whilst construction was undertaken by Charles and Jules construction.

Prime Minister, Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony and members of his Cabinet, along with residents of Dennery attended Monday’s ceremony. In January, a new fire station was opened in the town of Gros-Islet.

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