Current goes ...then all else
On Friday, just after midnight, "current went" in Scarborough, Tobago. A quick look out of my window showed my town in darkness, so I resorted to starting my emergency power generator, which has become a necessity in recent years.
To my surprise, almost all other services except for Digicel's were affected. Bmobile, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (TSTT)'s landline, the Blink Internet service, cable TV (Trico) were all out of service.
I and most of the population of Tobago were lucky that within the two hours of total blackout of all services, no emergency occurred.
It is alleged, though, that during that time a stabbing/wounding incident took place in the area of the Old Grange Police Station. Old Grange was alerted from Trinidad, via Crown Point, of the incident. The officers were able to attend, yet unable to call an EHS ambulance.
Police patrol cars and most of the stations in Tobago are also unable to contact EHS via radio communication, because the services use different radio systems.
It appears that lack of maintenance and poor management in our utilities have reached to a point where it endangers health and safety of citizens and tourists alike.
The top management of both the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission and TSTT urgently need to look into the fact that money needs to be spent for the upkeep of their systems.