Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Observance Of Remembrance Day

Today many Barbadians will gather in National Heroes Square to observe Remembrance Day. In Barbados, Remembrance Day is observed with the holding of an inter-denominational service at the Cenotaph in National Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square). A number of uniformed groups including the Barbados Defence Force, Royal Barbados Police Force, Barbados Fire Service and the Barbados Cadet Corps will be on parade. At the conclusion of the Two Minutes Silence and the Sounding of the Last Post, the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and other specially invited guests including members of the Diplomatic Corps will lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in remembrance of those who died during the two World Wars.

Foot Note:-

Remembrance Day, a day for remembering men in the armed forces who died in the two World Wars, is observed in November each year in the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean. The observance follows a pattern set by Britain. The date of observance is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the last day of World War I, which was November 11, 1918. On that date, the agreement to stop fighting (Armistice) was signed by the warring nations. The location of these observances is generally the cenotaph (meaning empty tomb). The first cenotaph was built in the middle of Whitehall, London; in memory of men of the armed services who died in World War I.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fiery Freak Accident In Wildey

Fire gutted a Wildey, St Michael, roadside food stall and a runaway car during a freak accident Friday afternoon.

It was a close call for at least two people standing by the stall but no one was injured in the incident.

Witnesses said the empty, parked vehicle rolled down the hill, struck the stall, located by the perimeter fence of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, and both were quickly engulfed in flames.

Sidney Ross, who was tending the stall for Foul Bay, St Philip, owner Juann Greenidge, said, "I see this car come pelting down the hill and I had to run for my life.

"I was hoping that it would swerve round the corner but it ran right into the stall."

He reported that an undisclosed sum of money, a calculator, fruits, two coolers and several soft drinks were destroyed in the blaze.

Witnesses said the vehicle was already on fire when it rolled downhill and the fire intensified after a number of explosions.

The accident and the cloud of thick, black smoke associated with it drew scores of curious SJPP students and workers from businesses in the area.

A fire tender with sub-officer Arlington Kellman and two fire officers responded to the call for help. (TY)


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Congratulations - We Salute Barack Obama

Congratulations to President-Elect Obama and the all the firefighters around the world who supported him during the 2008 Presidential Election.

This is truly history in the making, Barack Obama has been given an unprecedented mandate by the American people to go forth and usher in a new era of "CHANGE".

On behalf of the Bajan Fire Fighters online community we salute Barack Obama on his monumental accomplishment.

Warmest Regards,

Monday, November 3, 2008

CACDACFO Conference - December 2-7, 2008

The Caribbean Association of Chief, Deputy and Assistant Chief Fire Officers (CACDACFO) will host its 2008 Conference from December 2 - 7 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

CACDACFO provides Caribbean Fire Service Administrators with the tools necessary to enhance knowledge, sharpen leadership skills and further professional careers. The organisation provides information and practical ideas to better serve regional departments.

The Association held its inauguration ceremony on September 17, 2001 in Trinidad and Tobago under the auspices of former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday. The body provides professional advice, leadership research and other services to CACDACFO member organisations and other entities upon request.

The formation of the Association has its background in more than six years of planning and seeks to promote and maintain, among other things, a coordinated approach to training and training programmes. CACDACFO also provides forums for the exchange of information amongst fire service personnel in the Caribbean Region.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Personality Of The Month - November 2008

Name: Andrea Williams

Nickname: Sharon / Bugs

Sex: Female

Birthday: November 7

Height: 5'9

Residence: Christ Church

Love Status: Married

Occupation: Fire Officer

Hobbies: Swimming, Walking, Sight Seeing

Words That Best Describe Me: Friendly, Very Quiet

Interests: Traveling, Shopping, Books, Fitness, Computers, Television, Religion, Home & Garden.

Types Of Music That I Like: Gospel, Country & Western, Oldie Goldies.

Types Of Movies That I Like: Animated, Comedy, Horror, Cartoons, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action, Mystery, Adventure.

People Don't Know That: I'm afraid of snakes.

My Favourite Quote: "Live life to the fullest"

My Favourite Website:

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Remembrance Day Parade - November 9, 2008

Barbados will honour its war dead on Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 9, 2008 with the customary parade and interdenominational service at the Cenotaph in National Heroes' Square, Bridgetown commencing at 8:00 a.m.

Governor-General Sir Clifford Husbands and Prime Minister David Thompson will lay wreaths in remembrance of the servicemen who lost their lives during World Wars One and Two.

The diplomatic corps and uniformed organisations will also participate in the wreath laying ceremony, during the parade of armed and unarmed units.

The Band Of The Royal Barbados Police Force will play for the armed units on parade and for the march from Central Police Station to National Heroes' Square. The Barbados Defence Force Band will provide music for the unarmed units to march from Queen's Park to the square and back.