The Public Service Commission (PSC) has taken disciplinary action against former Fire Chief Leslie Fontenelle on two acts of misconduct within the St. Lucia Fire Service.
Reports emanating from the Fire Service about misconduct and mismanagement had been under the scrutiny of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) conducted last year.
A letter addressed to the former Chairman of the Fire Service Shane Felix, dated September 12, 2014, revealed that disciplinary actions will be instituted against Fontenelle following the reports of the COI.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony on Sunday, September 7, announced plans to have Fontenelle removed from his post and placed as an aircraft rescue and fire fighting advisor for the Saint Lucia Airport and Seaports Authority (SLASPA).
This decision was made due to industrial action taken by the St. Lucia Fire Service Association.
Dr. Anthony had said Fontenelle has agreed to the proposal. The prime minister said Fontenelle’s role will ensure that all of the protocols attendant to an efficient fire service at the airports and seaports are applied at all times.
Fontenelle would have assumed his new duties at SLASPA on the completion of his current period of leave earned in the Fire Service.
The SLFSA has been calling for Fontenelle’s removal for a long time. The association claims he has been “disrespectful” to firefighters and have abused his office.