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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SUPPORTING OUR ELDERLY

SUPPORTING OUR ELDERLY

SUPPORTING OUR ELDERLY

 

BDF Media Release| 01 NOV 18
Photography credit:  Lcpl Bellamy C

The stellar artisanship and dedication of the members of the Barbados Defence Force were recognized at the official ceremony for the Geriatric Services National Appeal Day, on the grounds of  St. Michael District Hospital, under the theme: Caring For Those Who Cared For Us: Returning the Favour.

In his featured remarks, Lieutenant Colonel The Honourable Jeffrey Bostic, MVO, BA, Minister of Health and Wellness applauded the work of the BDF personnel and thanked Colonel Glyne Grannum, the Chief of Staff, for his prompt response to the call to assist.

Under the direction and supervision of Building Rehabilitation Projects Manager, Major Lubin Maxwell, the team successfully executed the renovation of the Hospital. This involved repairs to the roofing structure, ceiling replacement, refurbishment of the bathrooms, electrical upgrades, and window installation and correction.

Maj Lubin Maxwell explaining the bathroom facilities renovations to Minister of Health and Wellness The Hon Jeffrey Bostic.

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

 

BDF Media Release| 01 NOV 18
Photography credit:  AB Bryan T, Lcpl Bellamy C

The Barbados Defence Force honoured exemplary service persons on Friday 2 November 2018 at a Medals Ceremony which was held in Lingwood Hall, St Ann’s Fort, Garrison St Michael. Acting Prime Minister, The Honourable George Payne Q.C., M.P., and the Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs and a member of the Barbados Defence Board, the Honourable Dale Marshall Q.C., M.P., attended and presented the Medals.

While delivering the feature remarks, the Honourable Dale Marshall, emphasized that the servicepersons honoured, joined those elite members of the military the world over, who, through their actions and service, were deserving of recognition and thanks. He added, that the Barbadian public had seen and benefitted from the contributions of the Barbados Defence Force over its 39 years, in safeguarding Barbados’ interests from perils imposed by various threats and crises.

The Meritorious Service Medal was awarded to Lieutenant Commander John Mapp while others received that General Service Medal for their contributions during the 2005 prison uprising. Other members of the Force received the Services Medal of Honour, the Efficiency Decoration, the Efficiency Medal (EM) and various Clasps.

Lt Cdr John Mapp receiving his  Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) from Acting Prime Minister The Honourable George Payne

BDF COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE EAGLE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL

BDF COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE EAGLE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL

BDF COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

EAGLE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

BDF Media Release / 30 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  Lcpl Bellamy C

The Barbados Defence Force Community Outreach Programme recently assisted the Eagle Hall Primary School in its learning and beautification project.

Personnel from the Barbados Regiment (BR) painted and organized classroom and general area spaces and were proud to make a tangible contribution to the student body.

Military Assistance to the Civil Community (MACC) are traditional and significant undertakings of military forces worldwide where they help bond individual servicepersons and units with the populations and nation states they enjoy the privilege of serving.