Rotary Club West $36K Donation

Rotary Club West $36K Donation

BDF Field Medical Facility Receives $36K

BDF Media Release| 27  July 2020

Photography credit: Able-bodied Seaman Tramaine Bryan

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) recently received a $36,000.00 donation of equipment and stores from the Rotary Club West (Barbados) to enhance the operational capabilities of its Field Medical Facility (BDF FMF). The handover ceremony held at the Officers’ Mess, St Ann’s Fort was attended by the President and immediate Past-President, Mr Trevor Williams and Mrs Jean St John respectively and Chief of Staff BDF Colonel Glyne Grannum.

Colonel Grannum expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Rotary Club West and described the donation as a celebration of the partnership between the two organizations. He further mentioned that the strategic outreach and vision of the Club to make such a donation, will certainly assist in making the BDF FMF more efficient in its primary role of responding to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response events locally and regionally. Overall, the donation will support the BDF Field Medical Facility’s objective to receive its Type 2 certification.

Mrs Jean St John, immediate Past-President acknowledged the sentiments expressed by Colonel Grannum and added that the BDF and the Rotary Club West are a family and they will always seek to assist with such initiatives where feasible. She further noted that such a project will not only benefit Barbadians, but given the current expectancy of this season’s severe Atlantic Weather Systems, it will also support any response efforts in the Region.

During the ceremony, and given the recent COVID-19 restrictions, the occasion was used as an opportunity by the members of the Rotary Club West present and its immediate Past-President Mrs Jean St John, to transfer the symbolic Rotarian medallion to new President Mr Trevor Williams.

Massy Foundation Donates $200K

Massy Foundation Donates $200K

BDF Field Medical Facility Receives $200K

BDF Media Release| 18 July 2020

Photography credit: Private Kyle Straker

The Barbados Defence Force received a donation of $200, 000.00 in stores and equipment from the Massy Foundation in aid of the further development of its Field Medical Facility (BDF FMF). The handover ceremony was held in the Officers’ Mess St Ann’s Fort, the Garrison and attended by members of the Massy Foundation and the directing staff of the BDF FMF.

Director of the Massy Foundation, Mr David Neilands during his presentation to Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum noted that they were once again thrilled to be able to assist the BDF FMF since this relationship started in 2018. He went on to state that the Foundation was especially pleased to be associated with such organization and its purpose, given the need for response mechanisms and capabilities for this season’s severe Atlantic Weather Systems.

The BDF Field Medical Facility received its Type 1 verification in 2019 and were instrumental in the national COVID 19 response.

BDF Commander Graduates IMET

BDF Commander Graduates IMET

Commander Mark Peterson IMET Grad

BDF Media Release| 19 June 20

Photography credit: BDF Media

Commander Mark Peterson recently graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth having completed the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program.

The program is one part of the United States’ longstanding support for our regional neighbors and partners.

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BDF Hurricane Preparedness

BDF Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Season 2020

BDF Media Release| 20 June 2020

Photography credit: BDF Media

During the past week, Headquarters Barbados Defence commenced training exercises to improve its contingency plans to prepare and respond to severe weather systems.

The training Exercise – Exercise CORONA Storm, will practice and test the BDF’s response to multi-hazard impacts. The Exercise will also be used as a means to improve the coordination requirements between the various emergency response agencies and examine and refine operational capabilities and readiness.

Barbados Fire Service Training

Barbados Fire Service Training

Barbados Fire Service Training

BDF Media Release| 18 June 2020

Photography credit: BDF Media

Barbados Defence Force training partnership with the Barbados Fire Service

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is conducting a Safety of Life at Sea training course for 32 members of the Barbados Fire Service (BFS). The course will be facilitated by the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG) and lead by Petty Officer Adam Sealy.

The intense and adventurous 8-week training course, members of the BFS will acquire skills such as rescue and survival raft, sea survival and abandon ship drills.
Given the COVID – 19 guidelines, the course participants will be placed into an 8-member group rotation for the duration of the 8-week course.