US Supports BDF PAHO Field Medical Facility Type 2

US Supports BDF PAHO Field Medical Facility Type 2

US Supports BDF PAHO

Field Medical Facility Type 2

 

US Embassy Barbados | 14 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  Lt S Gollop

The United States Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, will partially fund the development of an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Level 2 Capability Project within the Barbados Defence Force as part of a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization proposal. EMT Level 2 Capability will afford the Barbados Defence Force the capacity of providing basic surgical expertise, life support services and ancillary services.

The project will support countries of the Eastern Caribbean by creating a high quality and flexible rapid deployment team that can triage and treat patients in the shortest possible time in case of major medical emergencies, as well as respond to the health consequences of climate change related disaster and other public health threats.

This support, totaling approximately US$760,000 of an approximately US$1.2 million total cost, will cover medical equipment, consumables, and logistics equipment to our partners, and is just one part of a broader, enduring commitment to our friends and neighbors in the Caribbean. United States Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, stated that “this isn’t just a commitment by the United States…it’s a commitment shared by all like-minded nations in the Caribbean…a commitment to work together to advance prosperity, security, and stability across our hemisphere.” She added, “We look forward to working with the Pan-American Health Organization, the Barbados Defence Force, and other partners to make that shared goal a reality.”

 Commander Elizabeth Booker, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados Defence Force Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, PAHO/WHO and Lt Colonel Florence Gittens 

No Termination Of BDF Sports Programme

No Termination Of BDF Sports Programme

No Termination Of BDF Sports Programme

 

GIS – Sharon Austin Gill – Moore | 14 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  Force Media 

Government has not terminated the Barbados Defence Force’s Sports Programme.

Chief of Staff of the BDF, Colonel Glyne Grannum, explained today that the Barbados Defence Force would now absorb the budgetary costs associated with the programme, which was formerly funded by central government. Colonel Grannum stated: “The BDF will incorporate the sports programme under its operational budget, and fund it from there.” For 27 years, the BDF Sports Programme has been one of the most successful youth sports programmes in this country.

The Government of Barbados reaffirms its commitment to youth and sports development, as it recognizes the importance of this programme to young people.

BDF Sports Programme 

 

BDF Community Outreach Programme

BDF Community Outreach Programme

BDF Community Outreach Programme

Assists Eden Lodge Primary School

BDF Media Release | 11 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  OS Matthews – Ifill

The Barbados Defence Force Community Outreach Programme recently aided the Eden Lodge Primary in its learning and beautification project. Personnel from the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), painted and organised classroom spaces before the start of the September 2018 school term. Members of the BCG were proud to make a tangible contribution to the school and ultimately to the student body.

 

The project formed a part of the BCG’s military assistance to the civil community (MACC) efforts to mark the 11th Anniversary of the commissioning of HMBS PELICAN.  MACC efforts are traditional and significant undertakings of military forces worldwide where they help bond individual servicepersons and units with the populations and nation states which they enjoy the privilege of serving.

BCG’s OS Mayers D

 

BDF Prepares for the Hurricane Season

BDF Prepares for the Hurricane Season

BDF Prepares for the Hurricane Season

 

BDF Media Release | 11 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  Force Media

As Barbados and the Caribbean brace for the passage of Hurricane Isaac, the senior command of BDF conducted an intense planning and coordination session 10 September 2018 and have engaged various interagency partners to plan responses to any worst-case scenario events emanating from the weather system.  The Force performs a multidimensional role as part of the local and regional disaster response and relief frameworks and maintains over operational readiness through pre-season preparations, training and exercises and daily monitoring of the Atlantic weather situation throughout year, with special attention paid to the period 1 June – 30 November annually.   

BDF Senior Command  disaster response planning

 

BCG Celebrates 11 Years of HMBS PELICAN

BCG Celebrates 11 Years of HMBS PELICAN

BCG Celebrates the

Commissioning of the HMBS PELICAN

11th Anniversary

 

BDF Media Release | 11 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  AB Bryan T

The Barbados Coast Guard (BCG) celebrated the 11th Anniversary of the commissioning of the HMBS PELICAN with a parade and church service at the White Park Wesleyan Holiness Church on Sunday 9 September 2018. The Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum was the principal guest and was afforded a salute at the post-service March Past.

Commanding Officer (Ag) BCG, Lieutenant Commander Derrick Brathwaite, during his address reminded those in attendance of the responsibilities of being the maritime unit of the Barbados Defence Force. The BCG’s responsibilities include the enforcement of provisions of every law relating to the regulation of any harbour or port of Barbados, quarantine, immigration, fisheries, territorial waters and economic zones, safety at sea, the detection and prevention of the contravention of laws relating to revenue and customs; the prevention or persons from boarding, holding or clinging on to any vessel without the permission of the master of the vessel, and, if necessary, the removal of any such person from the vessel. For the purposes of carrying out their duties, the members of the BCG have the same powers, authorities and privileges as are conferred by law on members of the Police Force.

In her sermon, Reverend Esther Willoughby encouraged BCG, the wider BDF and the congregation to put God first in everything, including in the at times dangerous work on the seas. She also reminded the congregation of the BDF’s core values of integrity, loyalty, selfless service, commitment to duty, disciple, respect and courage, drawing reference to their biblical underpinnings.

SLt Chrispen Hackett presenting the BCG Ensign to Rev. Joel Cumberbatch