(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Miami has secured Bunker gear for the Saint Lucia Fire Service.
The equipment, which is valued at over US $200,000 was donated by the Miami-Dade Fire Department. The gear includes 100 helmets, 200 rubber boots, 200 sets of coats and pants, along with belts & gloves.
“We are very grateful for this generous donation and give every assurance that the equipment will be put to good use by our Fire Service”, commented a Consulate spokesperson. “We also wish to express our thanks to Tropical Shipping Inc. for the shipment of the equipment to Saint Lucia at a concessionary rate.”
This securing of support for the Fire Service is part of the efforts by Embassies and Consulates in North America to respond to identified local needs; and it follows on successes by the Consulate General in Toronto to provide to The Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), 30 Motorola two-way mobile radios and related accessories secured from the York Regional Police in Ontario (Canada) in late 2017.
The Consulate General in Toronto also secured a training module in water rescue – which was conducted in December 2017 by Firefighters’ Without Borders (Canada) – who also provided the Saint Lucia Fire Service with equipment worth over $100,000.
The securing of goods for the Fire Service and the Royal St. Lucia Police Force is part of a wider initiative of North American Representative offices to support identified local needs, and to work with Diaspora communities to support Saint Lucia. The Diaspora community in 2017 provided knapsacks through the Ministry of Education as well supported meals and other programs directly to schools and students.