Castries, Saint Lucia, October 27, 2008 (GIS) - The American College Student, Francis Heinmann, who had been stranded on Petit Piton for almost thirteen hours was safely rescued on Friday evening with the assistance of a Search and Rescue Team from Martinique.

Mr. Heinmann was first taken care of by the First Response Team on the helicopter after his rescue, and was subsequently taken to the Accident & Emergency Department of Victoria Hospital for further stabilization, where he was visited by the Minister for Health, Dr. Keith Mondesir. He has since been transferred to the Tapion Hospital, where he is now being cared for.

Castries, Saint Lucia, August 4, 2008 (NEMO) – In October 2003 Saint Lucia's National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) – the agency responsible for preparing the island for, and coordinating its response to, disasters – completed the Mass Events Guidelines. This document was designed to ensure the safety of participants of Mass Crowd Events by providing policies and procedures for preventing, and responding to, emergencies during events at which large crowds are expected, and where there is the potential for mass casualties should things go wrong.

Source: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/slunemo/message/692

June 16, 2008 – Thursday marks 60 years since the 1948 Castries Fire devoured 75% of Castries and rendered 2,000 homeless.

The fire alarm sounded shortly after 8:00 p.m. and by 8:30 p.m. the fire was out of control; so that for full 10-hours the fire spreading wherever the wind listed. After the first half-hour, hardly less than 4 to 6 buildings were ablaze at the same time and very often traveling in different directions. Even if there was water, there would not have been enough equipment to fight a fire of such magnitude. Of course with water and proper equipment the fire could not have progressed so rapidly and spread so widely. Nevertheless, let no one think for a moment that the fire was not fought, for if it were not fought the fire could not have been checked by the St Joseph's Convent on Micoud Street and at 59 St Louis Street and were it not checked at these points, perhaps not a house would have been left standing in the town.

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