BDF Field Medical Facility Type 1 Verified

BDF Field Medical Facility Type 1 Verified

BDF Field Medical Facility Type 1 Verified

BDF Media Release| 26 Sept 19

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The Barbados Defence Force Field Medical Facility (BDF FMF) has attained Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Type 1 certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) verification team.

The  verification and assessment visit was conducted over the period 25 – 26 September 2019. The BDF FMF components were assessed based on the EMT Medical Team Global Standards and included reviews of its administration, personnel, logistical and medical requirements needed to be self-sufficient for deployments up to two weeks.

Given the BDF’s experience responding to sudden onset disasters, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations locally and regionally and, the necessity for medical services surge capacity due to the evolving complexity of the contemporary operations environment, the project to develop the FMF was conceptualized in late 2017. 

To this end, after engagement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and in consultation with Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’ d) Florence Gittens, the project to establish a Field Medical Facility that would meet the World Health Organization Emergency Medical Team standards. The development of the Field Medical Facility serves to strengthen Barbados’ disaster response mechanism, specifically in the area of the provision of health services and also strengthens the regional response mechanism activated through the RSS. 

The BDF intends to develop a Type 2 EMT which would see the inclusion of an operating theater, X-ray and lab facilities, and in-patient wards.  This Type 2 facility would be operational on a 24-hour basis.

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BDF Food and Rum Festival 2019

BDF Food and Rum Festival 2019

BDF Food and Rum Festival 2019

BDF Media Release| 11 Sept 19

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As part of its strategic participation in cultural, hospitality and tourism sectors, the Barbados Defence Force in collaboration with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. launched the Food and Rum Festival 2019. Now in its tenth year and enjoying a special place in the BDF’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, the official media launch and pop-up after party was held at the historic Drill Hall, St Ann’s Fort the Garrison. The Chief Executive Officer of the BTMI William “Billy” Griffith announced that the event would be the first of eight such activities for a community-focused 24 – 27 October programme.

Patrons were treated to the best in culinary delights and mixologists’ surprises by the islands best chefs and bartenders, keenly supported by the expertise of the BDF’s culinary teams. The event also came alive with Road Tennis displays and the best of local music, paired beautifully with the view of a breath-taking sunset over the Carlisle Bay horizon.

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BDF Camp Energy 2019 Around The World

BDF Camp Energy 2019 Around The World

BDF Camp Energy 2019 Around The World

BDF Media Release| 11 Sept 19

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This summer, the Barbados Defence Force conducted its annual Camp Energy.  The 2019 Camp, under theme “Around the World in 10 Days,” catered to fifty-eight (58) children, ages 5 – 14, sensitizing them to some of the different nationalities who reside in Barbados.

Camp Energy continues to benefit from the philanthropic support of Sandy Lane Charitable Trust, which contributes towards reducing the overall costs of the Camp. The programme provides children with the opportunities to: enhance self-discipline; build individual character; develop an awareness of individual responsibility and appropriate social behaviours.

This year, campers interacted with representatives of the following eight countries; Australia, Argentina, the United Kingdom, China, Ghana, Japan, New Zealand and Venezuela. Campers also met and were hosted by the ambassadors of three of these countries – Argentina, China and Japan.

Camp Energy participants are trained in methods to reduce and alter individual problematic attitudes and to increase their knowledge and awareness of community needs through service projects. Activities also covered areas of interpersonal and conflict resolution skills; household management with the assignment of chores and the promotion of understanding the importance of exercise to overall health and well-being.

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Happy 100th Birthday Sir! WO2 Elder Bishop

Happy 100th Birthday Sir! WO2 Elder Bishop

Happy 100th Birthday Sir! WO2 Elder Bishop

BDF Media Release| 5 Sept 19

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 It was a special privilege for the whole Barbados Defence Force and the Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess in particular, as they had the very rare privilege to host the 100th Birthday Ceremony in honour of 7920003 Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) (retired) Elder Bishop.

The event was held under the patronage of The Governor-General of Barbados, Her Excellency, Dame Sandra Mason, GCMG, D.A, Q.C. The Chief of Staff (COS), Colonel Glyne Grannum, Warrant Officer Bishop’s relatives, several ex-servicepersons, many friends and members of the Mess were also in attendance.

Warrant Officer Bishop enlisted in the Barbados Volunteer Force (BVF) in 1937. He transitioned into the South Caribbean Force (The Caribbean Regiment) during the period 1941 to 1946 and subsequently went on to join the Barbados Regiment in 1952. On the formation of the BDF in 1979 Warrant Officer Bishop continued his military service to Barbados and retired in 1991.  Among the many highlights of his career were his function as a Company Sergeant Major (CSM), as a Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant (RQMS) and in the training, mentorship and development of many of the BDF’s leaders, past and present. He also played a role in the expansion of the Barbados Cadet Corps in the early 1980s. The Barbados Defence Force continues to benefit from his fine example, his loyalty and dedication.

Warrant Officer Bishop is fondly remembered for his attention to detail, strong sense of military discipline, camaraderie and vast knowledge of military subjects. Happy 100th Birthday Sir!

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Barbados Defence Force and UK MoD Strategic Leadership Course

Barbados Defence Force and UK MoD Strategic Leadership Course

BDF / UK MoD Strategic Leadership Course

BDF Media Release| 11 Sept19

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The Barbados Defence Force and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence conducted a Strategic Leadership Course in the Hodgson Hall Conference Room, St Ann’s Fort, over the period 2 – 6 September 2019. The Course was delivered by Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Taylor from the UK Defence Academy and Dr. Iftikhar Zaidi from Cranfield University’s Centre for Defence Management and Leadership. The Course itself was geared towards providing opportunities for senior officers and officials, drawn from the Defence and Security sectors, to acquire further knowledge that enable the enhancement of their strategic leadership skills.

The Course is part of HQ BDF’s strategic level studies programme, a trajectory of activities with international, inter-ministerial and inter-agency partners, intended to help enhance collective understanding and response capacities to the risks and threats that exist in the modern interconnected security environment.
The Course was based on a blended approach of lectures, discussions, case-studies and exercises, where participants were encouraged to share their leadership journeys, drawing on personal insights, challenges and solutions. The Course, an export version to one run in the UK, is premised on the fact that leadership is a critical factor in all forms of organisations and is a rapidly changing and diverse discipline.  Leadership challenges in the strategic environment are marked by a larger scale of input and effect.

The Course’s participants were drawn from the Barbados Defence Force, the Prime Minister’s Office, Dominican Republic Military Academy, Jamaica Defence Force, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, Royal Grenada Police Force, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Belize Defence Force, Royal Barbados Police Force, the Headquarters of the Regional Security System, Royal Cayman Islands Police Force, Barbados Prison Service, Royal Montserrat Defence Force, St Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, Department of Emergency Management, Barbados Fire Service, Barbados Immigration Department, Civil Aviation, Customs and Excise Department and the Grantley Adams International Airport.

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