SHANE Felix appears articulate, determined and bitter but our investigation reveals a part of the problem. Leslie Fontenelle and Shane Felix joined the fire service department almost simultaneously under the SLP administration and the two officers got on relatively well, but over time, certain differences took place as Leslie Fontenelle became the boss and therein lay the first stages of animosity. This animosity took a toll on the department and all hell broke loose ever since, resulting in all sorts of inquires until Leslie Fontenelle was forced out of office. Prior to Fontenelle’s departure, there was some kind of strike action during the SLP administration bearing the hallmarks of today’s situation. Presently, Mr. Joseph Joseph a well-qualified individual with a master’s degree is the head of the fire service division and his deputy is also well qualified while Shane Felix remains an officer and president of the Fire Services Association. We pose a simple question to all and sundry, is Shane Felix’s disappointment based on his own lack of success within the department? Under the SLP administration, a number of spanking new fire stations were built and over the years there were countless donations of equipment by various external agencies and just looking around one can only say that the fire services received its fair share of attention. Additionally, the First Lady of St. Lucia has over the past 18 months raised umpteen dollars to improve various fire stations over the island. Could more have been done? The answer is yes, but St. Lucia is not a first world country and experiences its financial challenges like all other nations. Based on the foregoing, it is generally perceived that the greater part of Shane Felix’s disappointment stemmed from his personal experience with the former Fire Chief and what we are witnessing today is the residual fallout of recognition, ambition and disappointment. Unfortunately, such situations do occur in all walks of life and individuals affected need to let go and move along with their lives without having the public bear the consequences of such ill feeling.
— Marcus Williams