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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