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Over 30 emergency calls @ The Baths in 2022 & no lifeguard- Report

- VI Fire & Rescue calls for implementation of ambulance boat for sister islands.
The Virgin Islands (VI) Fire and Rescue Department has called for lifeguards to be placed at the Baths National Park, Given the area continues to receive emergency calls when the park is opened to guests. Photo: Internet Source
The report says VISAR has also been used for different emergencies on several occasions, however, there has been no agreement or written protocol to establish this. Photo: VISAR
The report says VISAR has also been used for different emergencies on several occasions, however, there has been no agreement or written protocol to establish this. Photo: VISAR
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services has called for lifeguards to be placed at The Baths National Park, given the area continues to receive emergency calls when the park is opened to guests.

In the January 3, 2023, report titled ‘Medical and Emergency Response on the Sister Islands’ and prepared by the Sister Islands Unit in the Office of the Deputy Governor, the VI Fire and Rescue Services Department found that the sister islands lack emerergy services in certain areas.

“In 2022, Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue confirmed over thirty emergency calls at The Baths National Park. Seeing sometimes over 1,000 guests a day on cruise ship call days, it is imperative that lifeguards are placed at this location when the National Park is open,” the document noted

The Department said; however, there was a full plan developed for this programme, but never implemented due to a lack of resources. 

Meanwhile, the report details the need for an emergency boat and that currently, there is a written agreement between a vessel owner and BVIHSA to transport patients from Virgin Gorda to Beef Island for Medical Evacuation.

VISAR called for several types of emergencies 

“VISAR has also been used for this purpose on several occasions; there has been no agreement or written protocol to establish this. However, VISAR is called for several types of emergencies and has recently been called for medical evacuation on Anegada.” 

The Department also complained that staff at clinics on the sister islands are more general practitioners and are not trained to handle emergencies, but [while they] do the best they can, this can be improved.

“Staff of Fire and Rescue are also charged with managing the ambulance and some are certified EMT’s. There are 4 EMT’s across the sister islands, with three of them on Virgin Gorda and one on Anegada. All staff at Fire and Rescue should be trained for medical emergencies even if not trained as EMT’s based on their scope of work on the SI’s,” the Department further added.

10 Responses to “Over 30 emergency calls @ The Baths in 2022 & no lifeguard- Report”

  • jack (26/01/2023, 17:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need a hospital
  • WATERMAN (26/01/2023, 18:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    There and plenty other beaches need lifeguards, particularly in the season
  • Acting (27/01/2023, 09:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    So we pretending to not know that The Baths is a popular destination for YTs to bring their elderly loved-ones to collect life insurance?
  • ... (27/01/2023, 10:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow 30 emergency calls no life guard. 1 too many.

    1 too many murder and gun man getting reckless without that territory wide road cameras kicking in at all. Where does a gun man go to run off a scooter in this small place. Through the bush? unlikely because where would the scooter disappear to.

    People are getting killed every year. Gunmen escape near every time. Yet those suit & tie politicians will say security is up to the governor our hands are tied.

    By the way what is the police chief and governor doing besides stalling bills and engaging in making the BVI less beautiful?

  • Swimming (27/01/2023, 10:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Difficult to hire local lifeguards when the BVI government makes absolutely no effort to teach young persons how to swim.
    • SHAME (28/01/2023, 10:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Regretable indeed that young people are not taught how to swim. Especially when there is an unfinished 25 m pool right next to Bregado Flax. Gone to ruin as it was never finished. Private monies funded 90%, the govt promised to pay the last 10%.
  • joke (27/01/2023, 12:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Baths is in the middle of nowhere when it comes to medical emergencies. As a matter of fact, Virgin Gorda is in the middle of nowhere for medical emergencies after 5 pm when the medical people go back home to Tortola.
    Life Guards are not the issue! The government needs to focus on basic medical care outside of Roadtown Tortola. How many years we been talking about this.
    Stop the nonsense about medical pot and just put some effort into taking care of people. People dyeing of Diabetes! That does not happen in modern countries. We need normal government. This is basic stuff!
  • @Joke (27/01/2023, 13:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Government of the Virgin Islands, a complete joke and a major misrepresentation of the populous. Nothing will ever be taken seriously in these isles, EXCEPT for the money floating into their pockets, their friends pockets, etc. We will continue to receive piss-poor management of our affairs unless we put an end to this AWFUL "reality show".

    *to any government minister who happens to see this: You are a public officer, you report to the public, you are not a celebrity or someone who should receive any form of praise for doing your job (what you were elected to do), government funds are not to be used for personal pleasure, everything you do will be publicly scrutinized, you will be held accountable. Your time is up.
  • real world (27/01/2023, 22:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    EVERY fire service and police officer, all the to the top ranks, should be trained as EMTs. They are the “first responders” and should be capable of rendering aid, rather than standing around like moo moos doing nothing while waiting for the ambulance. No sense in them even responding to a call if they can’t provide aid. Sad.
  • The bum (30/01/2023, 15:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    One life guard in the bvi he is down smugglers cove beach at the left end under a tree,he has been there since the starting of covid even when we locked down he is there. Now tourist season started he is continously giving tourist bad info and not hospitable in his presence there,boat incedent some months ago in sopers and as a first responder he was at smugglers under his tree in the corner and did nothing.

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