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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Tuesday, May 27, 2003 - Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony who is the Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, along with Minister for Home Affairs Honourable Sarah Flood-Beaurbrun on Wednesday May 28, 2003, joined members of the St. Lucia Fire Service, to witness the sod turning ceremony and follow up construction of a new fire station in Vieux Fort.

The new fire station signals a new chapter in the history of the Hewannorra Fire Station. According to Fire Chief Augustine Gaspard this unit have been at its present location since 1974. The Chief says “the time for change has come.”

“We have occupied this building for a very, very long time, in fact from 1974 .This building was one which was the terminal building for the airport until 1972 when a new terminal building was opened. So we took over this building from the Saint Lucia Air And Seaports Authority and we have operated from that station for a very long time. It has since been in a very deplorable condition; we have tried our utmost to renovate it, so as to have a level of accommodation for our personnel in Vieux Fort but it has not really met the expectation of the personnel.”

The proposed location of the new fire station on the Vieux Fort / Laborie Highway is expected to provide better working conditions for service men and women. The new fire station will be the third of four fire stations to be built by NIPRO under a contract with the Government of St.Lucia.

“The Gros Islet and Dennery fire stations have been completed and opened. Right now we are planning for the sod breaking ceremony for the commencement of work on the Vieux Fort Fire Station. After that hopefully, soon we’re going to start the Micoud fire station,” said Gaspard.

The new fire station should be ready for handing over to the town within a year’s time.

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