EXERCISE TRADEWINDS ‘CASUALTIES’ TREATED AT BDF FIELD HOSPITAL

EXERCISE TRADEWINDS ‘CASUALTIES’ TREATED AT BDF FIELD HOSPITAL

EXERCISE TRADEWINDS 'CASUALTIES' TREATED AT BDF FIELD HOSPITAL

Regional Security System | Mon 24 June 19

Barbadian doctor Babatunde Oredein and Vincentian nurse Sandrina Hamilton examine a patient’s admission notes at the Barbados Defense Force Field Hospital in St Vincent for Exercise Tradewinds 2019. (Photo courtesy Raymond Hainey)

When a number of “major accidents” occurred recently in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Barbados Defence Force’s Field Medical Facility was prepared to “treat” the numerous simulated casualties.

The field hospital was Barbados’ contribution to Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2019 which took place in St. Vincent & the Grenadines from June 14. It was staffed by 60 health care officials including doctors, nurses and support staff.

Commanding Officer of the hospital, Major Marilyn Patrick, affirmed the Unit’s readiness to treat “a steady stream of simulated casualties” and pointed out that during the day they had seen various cases including persons with heart attacks, minor cases of asthma and a maternity patient in early labour.

Pointing out that Exercise Tradewinds was a suitable way to test emergency response teams, Major Patrick stated: “We need to test our resources so if we had a large-scale incident in any part of the Caribbean islands we would have the resilience and capability to respond in any of our sister countries. I have participated in Tradewinds in the past. It is a good opportunity to exchange ideas and information, establish a benchmark and find out what is changing in military approaches in areas like security and disaster relief. Tradewinds is an asset and a great training opportunity.”

Exercise Tradewinds Is designed to build increased regional cooperation in complex multi-national security operations, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response work.

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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA POLICE RECEIVE RSS MEDALS

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA POLICE RECEIVE RSS MEDALS

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA POLICE RECEIVE RSS MEDALS

Regional Security System | Tues 4 June 19

His Excellency, the Governor General of Antigua & Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams (centre), Commissioner of Police (Ag), Atlee Rodney (sixth from left) and recipients of the Regional Security System Medal.

The meritorious service of twenty-one officers of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda was highly praised as they each received the Regional Security System (RSS) Medal recently.

The officers served as members of the RSS contingent offering humanitarian assistance, disaster response, recovery and rehabilitation to Barbuda and the Commonwealth of Dominica, following the devastating Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

During the investiture ceremony which took place at Government House, His Excellency, the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, commended the officers for risking their lives and sacrificing their comfort to assist the victim and noted that the medals were a sign of gratitude from not only the nation but also the region.

“While there are many duties which I perform as Governor General, one of my most inspiring and satisfying functions is to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our citizens… This is what investiture ceremonies are all about – creating those special moments of gratitude for recipients, their friends and families,” he stated.

Pointing out that even in times of disaster “elements in our society” will take advantage of the vulnerable, the Governor General affirmed that: “It therefore requires, more often than not, the introduction of specially trained personnel to assist in the orderly distribution of relief supplies, the maintenance of law and order and the rebuilding process. This infusion of experts is precisely what happened on several occasions in our region, through the leadership and guidance of the entity known as the Regional Security System.”

The recipients of the Regional Security System Medal for outstanding and meritorious service are: Acting Commissioner of Police Atlee P Rodney; Senior Sergeant Lelieth Joseph; Corporal Michael Henderson; Corporal Randolph Moses; Corporal Conrad Anthony; Constable Leroy Jeffrey; Constable Randy Harris; Constable Cosmos Richardson; Constable Anestine Massicot;  Constable Sean Bretney; Constable Zamfir Carr; Sr Sergeant Claude Elvin; Corporal Amelia Browne; Corporal Yohan Johnson; Corporal Robertson Joseph; Corporal Diana Hector; Corporal Shem Prince; Constable Germaine Gordon; Constable Nikolai King; Constable Sheldon Roberts; and Constable Othneil Martin.

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