Contact: Claudia Monlouis
Monday, March 16, 2009 – The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security has been updating the nation on ongoing works on the site which will soon house the operations of the Saint Lucia Fire and Emergency Services.
Honourable Guy Mayers says government is spending a ‘pretty penny’ on the former Coconut Growers Association property, now being modified to suit the functions of the Saint Lucia Fire and Emergency Services. The minister says relief is on the way.
"There have been a number of setbacks with that project but I am pleased to announce that we’ve finally gotten over these hurdles and work is going on in earnest to complete the facility,” Senator Mayers said.
Work on the site began last year after a visit from the Planning Division to the proposed location along with fire service and ministry representatives. Minister Mayers has empathized with the plight of the fire service men and women, who have had to undergo an extended wait for their new headquarters.
"Again similarly to the police, the old Central Fire Service Headquarters was damaged as a result of the earthquake in 2007, and we had to spread the operations of the management of the fire service at two different locations. The appliances are currently housed at the La Toc Police Training Centre.”
Government was able to lease the site after a tedious search for a suitable location. The new facility is expected to be ready by mid-year.
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