BDF Recognizes Field Medical Facility Partners

BDF Recognizes Field Medical Facility Partners

BDF Recognizes Field Medical Facility Partners

BDF Media Release| 12 Dec 18

Photography credit:  Cpl Maynard D

The Barbados Defence Force held a special presentation Ceremony to formally recognize the contributions of several individuals and organizations in the development of the BDF Medical Facility and team.

Presentations were made to the following agencies and individuals; Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Crane and Equipment, Peter Moore’s Barbados Trust, Regional Security System (RSS), Caribbean Consultants Limited and Mr Anthony Mayers.

 Since the launch of the Barbados Defence Force Field Medical Facility six months ago with the donation of tents, cots, vital sign monitors and other logistics equipment, the BDF has been working steadily towards the development of a World Health Organization (WHO) accredited Type 1 Emergency Medical Team (EMT).  This EMT when fully functional, will be able to provide emergency ambulatory care for over 100 patients/day and will triage, treat minor trauma, stabilize and transfer emergencies and severe trauma.

To date over 100 volunteers made up of doctors, nurses, paramedics, artisans and other logistics specialists have been engaged in training with BDF personnel to prepare for the WHO accreditation and future deployment.

 The goal is for this asset to receive its accreditation by August 2019.  After receiving accreditation as a Type 1 EMT, the BDF intends to ultimately attain Type 2 status which sees the addition of surgical care with at least one Operating Room, 20 beds and a laboratory. The Type 2 will have the capacity 7 major and 15 minor surgeries per day and will operate on a 24-hour basis when deployed in the aftermath of a disaster.  The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other donors have continued to provide logistic and technical support to this project.

The team is still in the process of acquiring all of the necessary medical and logistics supplies.

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BDF Dominica Psychosocial Support

BDF Dominica Psychosocial Support

BDF Dominica Psychosocial Support

BDF Media Release| 12 Dec 18

Photography credit:  Lt S Gollop

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) remains committed to its Humanitarian Assistance and Psychosocial Support to Commonwealth of Dominic, given the impact of hurricane Maria in 2017.

The BDF Psychosocial Intervention Team of Reverend Hugh Sandiford, Ms. Harriet Clarke, and Lieutenant Josette Sam coordinated the visit to Dominica. The aim was to provide psychosocial support to the Dominican First Responders from the Police Force, Fire Department and Prison Service post-Hurricane Maria to assist with the alleviation of any remaining psychological challenges being experienced. This was through the identification of mental health needs of these services and the promotion of resiliency and copying.

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BDF Children’s Christmas Party

BDF Children’s Christmas Party

BDF Children’s Christmas Party

BDF Media Release| 12 Dec 18

Photography credit:  Cpl  Maynard D

Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) Morale, Welfare and Recreation Committee (BDF MWRC) hosted its annual Christmas Children’s Party on Sunday 9 December 2018 at the Officers’ Mess St Ann’s Fort.

 This event caters to over 100 children and allows BDF’s families to socialize in a relaxing atmosphere for the festive season. The Children’s Party’s focus is to provide a Christmas – like – atmosphere for children ages 0 – 16 years old.

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The Barbados Defence Force Farm Project

In 2011 several soldiers, through their own initiative and personal expense, started a small agricultural project which produced vegetables at Paragon Base and St. Ann’s Fort.  This produce augmented what was begin purchased by the BDF for use in its kitchens.

In 2013 a small agricultural garden was also established at the Coast Guard base, HMBS PELICAN, and this project produced cabbage, cucumbers, soya beans, chives, thyme, marjoram, dill, sweet basil, lettuce, paw-paw, passion fruit and bananas.

It is envisioned that the BDF’s Farm Project will expand to include a wider variety of fruits, vegetables and root crops and incorporate the rearing of chicken, rabbits, black belly sheep and pond cultivated fish.

The main objectives of the Farm Project are to reduce the Force’s food bill and provide a wider array of produce in the aim of improving the health of the members of the Force.

Green house farming at St Ann’s Fort

Garden farm at St Ann’s Fort

BCG Farming Project