BDF Field Medical Facility Expands QEH Accident and Emergency

BDF Field Medical Facility Expands QEH Accident and Emergency

BDF Field Medical Facility Expands QEH

Accident and Emergency Unit

BDF Media Release| 20 Apr 20

Photography credit: Private Kyle Straker

As part of Operation Trident Shield, the Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) contribution to the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a second element of the Field Medical Facility (FMF) has been set up at Jemmott’s Lane as a Respiratory Short-Stay Unit (RSSU). The RSSU is an annex to the QEH Accident and Emergency Department and is located next to the UWI Clinical Skills Building. The role of the FMF RSSU is twofold: (1) to improve the efficiency of medical care delivered by the MHW and (2) to provide targeted care for patients requiring brief treatment and dischargeable as soon as clinical conditions are managed. The first element of the FMF has been deployed at Paragon Base Campsite as a swabbing test centre since 23 March 2020.

During a tour of the RSSU with Chief of Staff BDF Colonel Glyne Grannum, QEH Emergency Services consultant Dr David Byer; Minister of Health and Wellness, the Honourable Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, expressed his satisfaction at the BDF’s efficiency in deploying the FMF as an essential service for the overall healthcare of Barbadians. The visit also observed key personnel and facility staff engaging in training for the correct methods for donning and doffing personal protective equipment, in-processing of patients, sanitization techniques and other medical procedures.

 

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Dr Byer further stated that the set-up of the Field Medical Facility was mainly for persons who present with mild symptoms and require general testing. The facility will be ready to accommodate patients who have been referred from the main Accident and Emergency Unit at the QEH from Monday 20 April 2020.

The BDF FMF Coordinator, Major Junior Browne, indicated that this current set-up can accommodate a maximum of 20 patients as it is dual-purposed in reducing the density at the A&E Department. He went on to explain that the facility will be manned by QEH medical and auxiliary staff, Cuban Volunteer Nurses and BDF personnel.

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A Fallen Brother In Arms

A Fallen Brother In Arms

Fallen Brother In Arms

BDF Joint Media Release| 07 April 2020

Photography credit: Online Resourced

JOINT STATEMENT ON DEATH OF BDF SOLDIER 

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has launched an investigation into the shooting death of a soldier on the compound of the District “A” Police Station this afternoon around 5:35.

Preliminary investigations indicate that Lance Corporal Pablo Kinch and three colleagues from the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) had just returned from a joint patrol with police officers, and were awaiting transportation back to their base when the incident occurred.

Lance Corporal Kinch, who is attached to the army’s Paragon base, was shot in the right sternum but succumbed to his wound despite valiant efforts to resuscitate him by Police Constables Farley and Manning, both of whom are emergency medical technicians.

Lance Corporal Kinch, Lance Corporal Grandison, Private Gill and Private Brathwaite were at the base of the Police’s Tactical Response Unit at District “A” Station when a weapon was discharged.

Assistant Superintendent of Police David Wiltshire, of the Criminal Investigations Division, has been assigned to investigate the matter.

“We wish to publicly express our sorrow at this most unfortunate incident and to extend sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Lance Corporal Kinch. Our country has lost a brave defender of law and order, who performed his duties on joint patrols with the police over the past year with vigour and enthusiasm. He will be missed.”

  • Tyrone Griffith, Commissioner of Police, RBPF
  • Colonel Glyne Grannum, Chief of Staff , BDF

(April 6, 2020)

BDF AGAINST COVID 19

BDF AGAINST COVID 19

BDF AGAINST COVID 19

BDF Media Release| 06 April 2020

Photography credit: BDF Media

As an essential service in Barbados’ response to the COVID – 19 pandemic, Barbados Defence Force personnel will wear protective masks and display name tags at all times.

They will NOT wear scarfs, balaclavas or handkerchiefs.

They will conduct themselves in accordance with BDFs codes of conduct and discipline.

#BDFFightsCOVID19 #StayHome

Ex-Servicemen Needs Survey

Ex-Servicemen Needs Survey

BDF Media Release| 14 Feb 2020

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force has designed a Needs Assessment Survey for Ex-Services persons. The survey is intended to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To identify the needs of Ex-Service Persons of the Barbados Defence Force.
  2. To identify the life challenges experienced by Ex-Service Persons of the Barbados Defence Force.
  3. To identify the services being utilised by Ex-Service Persons of the Barbados Defence Force.

Your responses will not be identifiable as they will be compiled with all responses received. Please take 30 minutes to complete the survey.

Complete The Survey

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force thanks you in advance for your participation.

BCC Promoting Literacy for Youth Development

BCC Promoting Literacy for Youth Development

BCC Promoting Literacy for Youth Development

BDF Media Release| 4 Feb 2020

Photography credit: Able Bodied Seaman Bryan T

A contingent from the Barbados Cadet Corps (BCC) recently visited the LOGOS HOPE II, often referred to as the “book ship,” docked at the Bridgetown Port. Captain of the LOGOS HOPE II James Berry and first mate Jas Soler warmly welcomed the 17 cadets and three officers aboard the ship for an exclusive tour.

Major David Clarke noted that this tour strategically aligned with one of the Corps’ youth development initiatives, the promotion of literacy. He further explained that, this was the first visit to the vessel by the Corps and it provided the cadets with a greater knowledge of the ship’s history, the over 50 diverse cultures of its volunteers, the importance of reading for knowledge and opportunities for maritime careers.

BCC Sea Cadet, Leading Seaman Britney Scott, noted that she was very thankful to the Corps and the Captain and crew of the LOGOS HOPE II for the educational tour which expanded her methods of learning. She said, she was given a unique opportunity to interact and network with fellow seafarers and welcomed other similar opportunities to assist with her development as a Sea Cadet and beyond.

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BDF in Partnership with the EUREC4A

BDF in Partnership with the EUREC4A

BDF in partnership with EUREC4A

BDF Media Release| 22 Jan 20

Photography credit: Able Bodied Seaman Bryan T

The Barbados Defence Force in partnership with the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) commenced a scientific campaign in the Caribbean Sea from 10 January – 29 February onboard the French oceanographic vessel the Atalante.

The research campaign called EUREC4A, will take place partly in the seas under the jurisdiction of Barbados. Its aim is to observe the ocean and atmosphere system in the western tropical Atlantic taking into account the hydrological and low-atmosphere observations at the ocean meso-scale.

Mr. Robbie Deane the director of deployment operation at Sail Drone, stated that they will be launching the last sail drone (SAILDRONE 1060) for the atomic partnership mission during the January phase of the project. This process is expected to last approximately 60 days for the first period and another 180 days for the second phase.

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Professor Karen Harewood, the principal scientist from the University of East England stated that this will be the first time they will be launching the drone AUTONAUT. She further mentioned that this type of research was being conducted in Barbados due its geographical location, as the most easterly Caribbean island.

The Barbados Defence Force in its partnership with the Sail Drone Company will provide a launch base and other support services to the project at the Barbados Coast Guard. Both drones will be monitoring different aspects such as wind speed, the speed of the water, solar radiation, water current and air temperature. The Barbados Coast Guard operational updates will be provided to all mariners to keep clear of the drones, via CH 16 VHF and 4.4478hz HF.

The team as expressed their satisfaction with the keen support provided by the Barbados Defence Force and envisages that this strategic partnership will be developed greater in the near future.

Follow the updates for this project via the following links:

NOAA Research News

EUREC4A Operational Center

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