Our Readers' Opinions
September 7, 2010
Comrade, help! SVG Fire Service in the red!

Tue, Sept 7, 2010

Editor: After reading your column in the SEARCHLIGHT newspaper dated Friday August 27, 2010 about the “Fight Against Crime in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”, as a former member of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) and in particular a member of the Fire Department. I felt compelled to ask for your help.{{more}}

On my recent return home, I was so shocked to know the following:

1. There are basically no bunker gears at the Airport’s Fire Department – no protection from any heat if there is an accident.

2. No breathing apparatus – Mr. Comrade you travel a lot doing the country’s business, if by any chance (God forbid), while on returning, something is to happen, rescuing you would be the number 1 priority, sad to say that would not be possible.

3. Not enough man power- there are about 4-5 men per team and according to International Civil Aviation Organisation (I.C.A.O) that is below standard.

4. No training which makes me wonder with the International Airport due 2012 what is going to happen to our devoted firemen who have no certificates to show? Are they going to be left behind or are there things in place to assist them?

5. I must say I would not blame the Commissioner of Police because what the Fire Chief reported to him, he would trust him. After all, he is the man who is supposed to be on the ground (is he) and I would not blame you, you’re the Prime Minister. Therefore Sir, don’t take my word for it. Take an half an hour to an hour and come on the ground, especially the Arnos Vale Fire Department and see for yourself, and please Mr. Prime Minister, please help, the Fire Department is in the RED.

Concerned Retired