The St. Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA) was handed the keys to a new office within the Central Fire Service building when it met with officials of the Home Affairs Ministry on Friday.
As a result, the SLFSA is in the process of submitting a proposal to the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) to commence discussions on behalf of its members for better working conditions.
Former Chairman Shane Felix said this will assist the SLFSA to mainstream and organise things, while ensuring that the affairs of the association are addressed.
Felix revealed that apart from plans to meet with the GNT, the ministry has requested election nominations from persons to sit on the SLFSA executive for the new term of office.
The nomination deadline is October 7. Once the nominations are received, a date will be set for the elections between the SLFSA and the Acting Chief Fire Officer Lambert Charles.
The SLFSA and the ministry have also agreed to submit the proposal of a promotion policy, which is still being worked on. The Fire Service has not seen any promotions since 2009.
The SLFSA ended an almost two-week strike action against the government on September 11 after discussions with Deputy Prime Minister Philip J Pierre and other government officials.