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Contact: Jacques Hinkson-Compton


Wednesday 31 August 2011 The Saint Lucia Fire Service will be conducting a refresher training programme for their sub officers for a period of two weeks. The training programme will be undertaken specifically by the sub officers of the fire service who are middle managers and second level supervisors. It will also be geared towards enforcing and enhancing leadership and managerial skills among the sub officers and to improve operations within the fire department.


Chief Fire Officer, Leslie Fontenelle explained that it was necessary for the relevant officers to complete this extra training, “because after a while the officers in the position become a little lethargic, some of them become complacent and some of them newly introduced to that rank are not fully acquainted with the functions of that rank, so the training is intended to refresh the officers and in some cases to introduce them to those levels of management functions at various stations”


The programme which is also intended to increase efficiency and effectiveness in the service, will see some twenty officers at the Fire Service training centre in Micoud.  Although this training course deals with leadership and management, the fire service is constantly undergoing training through other courses such as EMF, hazardous material responses and general station management functions.


Fontenelle noted though that the Fire Service only recently began having this ongoing training, due to the unavailability of a venue to instruct the officers. He also expressed his gratitude for the Fire Service finally receiving a functioning training centre.


While the training is ongoing, the fire service has moved some officers from regular duty enabling them to administer the training courses. To contribute to this endeavour the service has enlisted the aid of persons from outside the organization. the ministry of Public Service will be conducting courses on disciplinary matters and human resource management while the police department will conduct courses on how to handle crime scenes and how to preserve evidence if need be.



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