Barbados Defence Force Medal Ceremony

Barbados Defence Force Medal Ceremony

Barbados Defence Force Medal Ceremony

BDF Media Release| 16 July 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force awarded servicepersons in a Medal Ceremony for their contributions to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR), Building Rehabilitation and to the CARICOM Disaster Response Unit.  Prime Minister, the Honourable Mia Mottley, Members of the Defence Board and the Deputy Executive Director of the Regional Security System presented the medals. HA/DR operations encompass a wide variety of tasks including security and relief supplies distribution needed in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic event.

The Prime Minister in her feature address, reaffirmed the importance of the Barbados Defence Force in protecting Barbados’ values and interests; youth development through the Barbados Cadet Corps and Sports Programme and the support to our Regional brothers and sisters during perilous times. She further emphasized that the contributions made yearly and especially during the period of the Atlantic Weather Systems, the efforts made by the men and women of the BDF cannot be underscored or taken lightly.

It is through the recognition of these efforts that the Prime Minister encouraged and endorsed the strengthening of the Barbados Cadet Corps Sea Cadet Programme by 1,000 members.

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Prime Minister Mottley congratulated the members of the Force who received the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), General Service Medal (GSM) and the Regional Security System Medal (RSSM). The MSM was presented to Major Patrick Skeete for his contribution to youth development in Barbados and the Caribbean.

Seventy-eight (78) members of the BDF who participated in HA/DR relief operations under the auspices of the Regional Security System in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Operation SISSEROU in 2015. Included in the recipients of the GSM was Mrs Doreen Louis–Prescott, mother of the late Private Daniel Louis who died in a vehicle accident in December 2016. Fifteen servicepersons who participated in CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit operations in the British Virgin Islands in 2017 received the GSM or clasps.

The RSSM was presented to 232 servicepersons who participated in HA/DR operations in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Operation SUPPETIOR in 2017 and to members who participated in RSS disaster response housing rehabilitation operations in Barbuda in 2018.

In the military, the awarding of medals and commendations enjoy a richly symbolic purpose of duly recognizing its servicepersons. It is deeply rooted in the finest traditions of the profession-of-arms whereby ceremonies such as this salute the qualities of sacrifice, determination and courage.

 

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Joshua B into Semi-Finals

Joshua B into Semi-Finals

Joshua B into Semi-Finals

BDF Media Release| 24 June 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

The Barbados Cadet Corps (BCC) is pleased to recognize cadet Joshua Blackman of the No. 5 Cadet Company and the BCC Band. Joshua has successfully reached the Semi-Finals of the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch Competition 2019. 

The BCC encourages the support of Joshua B (stage name) and the young contestants, who are striving to make a positive impact in today’s society. 

The semi-finals competition takes place on Saturday 6 July 2019 at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium. 

Daily Water Testing Critical to BDF’s FMF Operations

Daily Water Testing Critical to BDF’s FMF Operations

Daily Water Testing Critical to BDF’s FMF Operations

BDF Media Release| 19 June 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) Field Medical Facility (FMF) is tested daily to ensure that it meets the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization standards for a Type One Facility. Health and Safety Officers, Officer Cadet (OCdt)Sherish McCaskie, and Fazal Mohammed, run tests daily at the FMF.

“We are ensuring that the water is good for the camp. We are assessing it three times a day to ensure that we are maintaining good standards for consumption. We want to ensure that persons are abiding by good standards while we are here,” Mr, Mohammed said. He explained that they were testing for chemicals in terms of the microbial, physical and radiological aspects.

The Health and Safety Officer explained that testing was done using two kits. The first, looked at free chlorine testing and total chlorine testing which gave a chemical analysis of the water to indicate how much chlorine it contained.  In addition, the water is also monitored for its hardness and to determine how pure it is for consumption.

OCdt McCaskie explained that the “hardness” of the water could affect its smell, the ability of clothes to get soapy when washing and the temperature at which water boils.

The team will be in place for the duration of EX TW19 to ensure the water quality is maintained to a high standard.

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Barbados Receives Positive Reviews Field Medical Facility

Barbados Receives Positive Reviews Field Medical Facility

Barbados Receives Positive Reviews Field Medical Facility

BDF Media Release| 19 June 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Barbados has been described as a leader in the Caribbean for its establishment and development of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) Field Medical Facility (FMF). Over the last two days several agencies and organizations visited the campsite at the Biabou Playing Field in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where the Facility is presently posted to take part in Exercise Tradewinds 2019.

Pan-American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Operations Coordinator of the Emergency Medical Team of Costa Rica, Dr. Milton Salazar Acuña, also visited the campsite. “Barbados has made a big, big effort in doing things right and should be proud of all the good things that they are doing. They are leading the Caribbean region in this aspect,” he stated.

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He said the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) and PAHO proved to be a good guide for Barbados’ emergency medical team to follow. “I can see the triage area, the treatment area and the gynaecological area, and most of the standards are met which is very important for the region,” he said. He added that the Region could be struck by a disaster at any time, and it was of vital importance to have the readiness to help with the humanitarian effort throughout the Region and Barbados.

The Operations Coordinator also noted that the idea was that in the future every country would have its own medical facility or medical team with standards that are set by the WHO and PAHO so that if they are affected they could respond, and be assisted by other countries. “Everybody can enhance the capabilities of immediate medical treatment throughout the region,” he said. The FMF also received visits from Deputy Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, officials from USAID, the Canadian Forces, United States of America Coast Guard, the National Emergency Management Organization of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the island’s Red Cross.

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Training Essential for BDF FMF Doctors & Nurses

Training Essential for BDF FMF Doctors & Nurses

Training Essential for BDF FMF Doctors & Nurses

BDF Media Release| 19 June 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Continuous training for doctors and nurses in the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) Field Medical Facility) has been flagged as one of the critical factors that needs to be in place for its continued success. Emergency Room Specialist in Barbados, Dr. Hiliary Moore, singled out this fact after acting in the role of Clinical Director in charge of the FMF on day one of the Facility’s participation during Exercise Tradewinds 2019 (EX TW19) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday.

“A Field Medical Facility involves a lot of training…we have gone into our special niches with time and with years, but we need to understand this encompasses many different things,” she said. Using herself as an example, Dr. Moore said she did not generally manage matters related to hypertension, but in a FMF setting, persons would likely present with uncontrolled blood pressure. “So we all need to know what are the basic things to manage hypertension.”

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Dr. Moore added that persons in the medical area also needed to be able to offer some form of psychological support when treating patients when deploying to disaster areas to treat to their emotional and mental needs. “Imagine somebody who can’t find their family; they can’t find their friends; they don’t know what happened; they could have been in an area where their roof dropped in on them; it is traumatic. “[So], It is important that everybody in the medical area is able to do some kind of psychological support also because even if you have psychologists they will not be enough for the psychological component of any disaster,” she said.

However, that training requirement also extends to the area of equipment. Dr. Moore said that they wanted to move towards using hand-held ultra sound machines in the Type One Facility, or portable ultra sound machines which are used for obstetrics and generally. She explained this may become necessary as patients in the aftermath of a disaster may suffer from malnutrition having not eaten or drank anything for days. “So even if you want to set-up a line, you would need to be able to see them. Some of us are already trained [in what to do] and we hope to train more so we could have IV (intra venous) access so we can replenish fluids in people that need it urgently,” the Emergency Room Specialist noted.

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Dismissal from the Barbados Defence Force

Dismissal from the Barbados Defence Force

Dismissal from the Barbados Defence Force

BDF Media Release| 4 June 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Lieutenant (Coast Guard) David Harewood was sentenced to dismissal from the Barbados Defence Force after being found guilty by ordinary Court Martial of Conduct to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline contrary to Section 75 of the Defence Act, Cap 159 and Neglect to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline contrary to Section 75 of the Defence Act Cap 159.

The Panel comprised of President, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Rohan Johnson with members; Lt Col Murphy Pryce, Lt Col Kenlloyd Roberts, Squadron Leader Anushka Achan, Major Paul Dalgetty and waiting Member Lt Cdr Claudio Luces-Smith. The Prosecutor was Lieutenant Jamar Bourne while Vincent Watson represented Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Harewood.
The BDF investigates all allegations of misconduct from its members and will continue to hold it members to the highest of standards of discipline and integrity.