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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - After two years of collaboration and hard work the Emergency Services in Saint Lucia are finally ready to seek dialogue with Society on the increasing numbers of Massive Events that are taking
place in the Country.

"Though an entertainment event is obviously a business venture; the public's safety must be objective number 1 at any Mass Event." The Director of NEMO Dawn French points out. "Holding Shows where thousands are expected and there is no back up from either Police, Fire, Hospital or even a volunteer organisation like the Saint Lucia Red Cross must become a thing of the past." She continued. "So easily a fun time can turn deadly."

Titled "Mass Crowd Events Policies and Guidelines" The document was deemed ready for comment by the Steering Committee on October 24, 2005.

Through the Secretariat of the National Emergency Management Organisation the document has begun to circulated and comments collected.  Presenly the document may be downloaded from the Government of Saint Lucia Website at
http://stlucia.gov.lc/docs/nemo/MassCrowds.pdf.

In the comming months taking us into 2006 a number of meetings shall be held to solicit the thoughts of all.  Plans are underway to start with the Schools of Saint Lucia as the Guidelines make no exceptions.

So far the model has been adopted by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board for the 2005 Jazz Fesitval, Radio Saint Lucia for Sparrow Gold, Saint Lucia Arts Inc. for the Heinkien Kalalu World Music Festival and talks are underway with the Roman Catholic Church for its Annual Youth Rally.


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