Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Regional Security System | Saturday, June 13, 2020

An explosion at the Barbados Defence Force base at Paaragon, christ Church, left two officers injured. (Photo: RSS)

Two officers of the Barbados Defence Force were injured in an explosion at the Paragon, Christ Church base yesterday.

The unfortunate incident left a Chief Petty Officer and a Petty Officer nursing injuries about their bodies.

Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, offered heartfelt wishes on behalf of the RSS management and staff and stated that they were “praying for a speedy recovery” of the injured parties.

He noted that staff of the RSS Headquarters, which is also located at Paragon, had to be evacuated, but were not directly affected by the incident.

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It Takes Teamwork

It Takes Teamwork

It Takes Teamwork

Regional Security System | Friday, April 24, 2020

The BDF and RSS have been instrumental in facilitating distribution of critical COVID-19 related supplies and equipment, procured by PAHO. (Photo courtesy PAHO)

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has a long-standing working relationship with the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the Regional Security System (RSS), especially in response to public health emergencies. It is no surprise that with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, both entities are once again collaborating with PAHO.

The BDF and RSS have been instrumental in facilitating distribution of critical COVID-19 related supplies and equipment, procured by PAHO, and destined to its Member States in the region. The logistics for this process is coordinated through the Public Health Emergency (PHE) Unit at the PAHO Barbados Office.

This is just an example of how the team has been functioning…PAHO procured essential health supplies for COVID-19 response for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A total of 162 boxes containing 3,919 PPE kits were delivered to the PAHO Barbados Office on Monday 20 April 2020, they were collected by a team of BDF soldiers on Tuesday 21 April 2020, and by Wednesday 22 April 2020, many countries acknowledged receipt of their donations, ably delivered by the RSS.

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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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