Saint Lucia Chief Fire Officer Leslie Fontenelle says the fire service will put to good use the evaluation which emerged after the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) conducted the recent simulation of a plane crash at the George FL Charles Airport.
The activity was held as part of SLASPA‘s routine testing of all systems in readiness for a quick and efficient response should there be a plane crash.
Fontenelle says the preparation for the scenario and the exercise also provides the fire department with an opportunity to scrutinise its own procedures.
“So it provides the opportunity to practice, review, be acquainted, be thorough, have clear knowledge and to examine yourself in terms of shortcomings as a department; where you may have some shortcomings; where you may have to make some improvements,” he said.
The Saint Lucia Fire Service will next year participate in the simulation for the Hewannora International Airport. Fontenelle says prior knowledge of a simulation exercise does not take away from the ability of his unit to respond should there be an actual sudden event.
“So again even if you have the advance knowledge it does prepare you because that type of preparation that you have done for the scenario, what if a similar incident or something of a different magnitude were to happen the next day, you would have had the knowledge and the cutting edge preparedness.”
The Victoria Hospital accrued the highest ranking by evaluators for the execution of their role in the simulation exercise. The full scale, mutli–agency simulation exercise took place on October 18th and the assessment of the exercise was undertaken by officials immediately after.