Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Lifeguards get PPE, express concerns to National Security officials

From left to right: Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National
Security Denise Phillip; President of the National Union of Government and
Federated Workers (NUGFW) James Lambert; Permanent Secretary Vel
Lewis; and NUGFW Branch President, Lifeguard Patrol Captain Augustus
Sylvester.

From left to right: Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Denise Phillip; President of the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) James Lambert; Permanent Secretary Vel Lewis; and NUGFW Branch President, Lifeguard Patrol Captain Augustus Sylvester.

Ministry of National Security officials, led by Permanent Secretary Vel Lewis, have held stakeholder talks on issues affecting lifeguards, particularly those assigned to Maracas beach, on Wednesday.

Lewis met with representatives of the Lifeguard Service and James Lambert, President of the National Union of Government and
Federated Workers (NUGFW) union. They gathered at the Ministry‚Äôs Head Office on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain.

Discussions centred on the re-opening of beaches following the lifting of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and included the ongoing refurbishment works on lifeguard facilities at Maracas Beach.

Lifeguards were assured that the Ministry would provide certain additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitization materials. The representatives were also advised that the Ministry of Tourism had given completion dates of June 30, 2020, and July 24, 2020, for refurbishment on the Lifeguard Towers and Lifeguard Head Office Building at Maracas Beach respectively.

Following the meeting, the Permanent Secretary presented a collection of PPE and sanitisation products for distribution among lifeguard stations. Items included 500 cloth masks, 100 bottles of hand sanitizer, gloves as well as bleach and disinfectant spray.

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