Local Partnerships (LP) is a joint venture between Her Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom Government and the Local Government Association. LP brings a wealth of experience to this exercise, through its work in the Public Service of the United Kingdom and the support it has provided to several non-UK governments.
The British technical assistance for the reform of the Saint Lucia Fire Service is the result of a request for assistance from Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony to the Resident British Commissioner in Saint Lucia.
Among the activities to be undertaken by the British Team are the following:
- Conduct an assessment of the organisational structure of the Saint Lucia Fire Service and recommend on the optimum structure and configuration for a modern, efficient Fire Service
- Review current Human Resource policies and procedures government promotions and suggest amendments to a service performance driven based on transparency, fairness, and impartiality
- Provide a commentary on existing employee relations and make recommendations for suggested amendments and improvements
- Recommend policies that will ensure equality of treatment and non-discrimination of officers
- Review the Fire Service Act to identify any deficiencies, inconsistencies and other omissions and make recommendations for changes or redrafting
- Evaluate the efficacy of maintaining the Ambulance Service as part of the Fire Service and make recommendations for improvements.
Over the next few weeks, the Local Partnerships team will undertake a thorough review of pertinent data and documents and conduct site visits to Fire Stations, hospitals, the Air and Sea Ports and the Fire Service Headquarters.
They will also hold several meetings with myriad stakeholders, including the senior management of the Fire Service, the Fire Service Association, other Trade Union representatives, senior government officials, a cross-section of fire officers, senior police officers, the heads of Accident and Emergency services at the hospitals, and representatives of private sector and civil society agencies that interact with the Fire Service.
It is expected that at the conclusion of this very important assignment, the Team will provide the Government of Saint Lucia with a report with recommendations for action, together with an action plan and timetable for the steps that need to be taken to transform the Saint Lucia Fire Service into a modern, efficient organisation.