Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fire Service Sports Club Receives Donation

The Barbados Fire Service Sports and Social Club received a donation of a color television from PriceSmart Barbados on Tuesday. In accepting the donation Club Secretary Ryan Mayers stated that the gift was quite timely and expressed the desire to see more corporate entities supporting the Fire Service Sports Club.

Maurice Forde, Membership Marketing Manager made the donation on behalf of PriceSmart. Mr. Forde said his company was pleased to present the donation to the Fire Service Sports and Social Club. The presentation was witnessed by several members of the Club.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fire Service Participates In FAHUM 2009 Exercise

The annual regional disaster relief exercise known as ‘Fuersas Aliadas Humanitarias’ (FAHUM) was held on Friday across the 16 Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) member states.

More than 10 agencies were in attendance at the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) located at the offices of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) in Warrens, St. Michael.

This year’s exercise allowed the participants to test the response mechanism for pandemic influenza. A four member team from the Barbados Fire Service was in attendance for the exercise and coordinated the department’s response. Of significance this year was the use of the WebEOC incident management application during the exercise.

The WebEOC hardware and software is currently being installed at the Department of Emergency Management and members of the emergency services are expected to start training with the software soon.

WebEOC will be available for use during the 2009 hurricane season where it will be further tested and it is expected that the system will be fully operational in all CDERA States by the end of 2010.

A total of 25 countries are participating in FAHUM this year, the exercise concludes on April 25.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fire Service Mourns The Loss Of Duncan Walcott

Members of the Barbados Fire Service joined family and friends in a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Duncan Chesterfield Walcott BSM (retired Station Officer) at the St. John Parish Church on Tuesday.

It was with great sadness that the firefighting fraternity learned of the death of Mr. Walcott. Duncan Walcott served in the Fire Service for 34 years and retired on October 1, 1999 at the age of 57.

He enlisted in the Barbados Fire Service on October 1, 1965. During his extensive career in the Service he was assigned to several areas including the St. John Fire Station, Airport Fire Station and Fire Service Headquarters. He also had the distinction of completing several overseas training stints at Base Borden in Canada and the Caribbean Aviation Training Institute in Trinidad. For his hard work and dedication he was awarded the Barbados Service Medal of Honour in 1983.

The members and staff of the Barbados Fire Service take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to the family for the outstanding service rendered by Duncan Chesterfield Walcott.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

One Fatality After Major Fire At New Orleans

Fifteen people are homeless following a major fire which destroyed four houses and damaged two others at 8th Avenue New Orleans, St. Michael early this morning.

A 10 year-old-boy is also a fatality as a result of the fire. His body was discovered in the debris after firefighters had extinguished the fire.

The fire which started in the early hours of the morning quickly spread through the densely populated district.

Approximately 16 officers with 5 fire tenders under the command of Deputy Chief Fire Officer Eric Rice with Station Officers Wilfred Marshall and Trevor Applewhaite responded to the blaze.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are continuing.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Personality Of The Month - April 2009

Name: Roger D. Bourne

Nickname: " Bourne Boy "

Sex: Male

Birthday: April 21

Height: 5'11

Residence: St. George

Love Status: Married

Occupation: Fire Officer

Hobbies: Swimming, Volley Ball, Cycling.

Words That Best Describe Me: People Person.

Interests: Technology, Astrology, Traveling, Shopping, Mobile Phones, Internet, Computers, Religion, Television, Motors, Organisations.

Types Of Music That I Like: Classic, Pop, R&B, Gospel, Reggae, Oldie Goldie.

Types Of Movies That I Like: Animated, Cartoons, Comedy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Action

People Don't Know That: I am a good cook.

My Favourite Quote: "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me."

My Favourite Website:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Fire Erupts At Asphalt Plant

Firefighters from Fire Service Headquarters and the Arch Hall Fire Station rushed to the C.O.Williams Asphalt Plant at Lears Road, St Michael yesterday after fire broke out there.

Approximately 15 firefighters with three fire tenders under the command of acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer Eric Rice and Station Officer Evans Morris used foam to contain the fire that engulfed three 40 foot containers of bitumen.

The fire erupted when diesel which was being delivered in a truck, overflowed and came into contact with a heater which was on the ground.

Fire then quickly spread to the storage containers igniting the asphalt. Thick black smoke could be seen from several miles away as employees and other onlookers hurried to safety. Two water tankers from C.O.Williams Construction assisted firefighters with the delivery of water to the incident scene.

Two persons received minor injuries as a result of yesterday's fire.

Fire Guts Home In Chapman Lane

One house was destroyed and two others damaged when a fire broke out today in Chapman Lane, the City.

Alexis Douglas was left distraught over the loss of her rented home and all her possessions when the fire gutted the insured wall and timber house and adjoining bar, called Lexy’s Bar.

“My little nephew called me and when I ran over I see my home burning so I took up the hose and tried to help,” she said.

Member of Parliament for the City, Patrick Todd, was present and made calls to the relevant authorities to get help for Douglas.

Three tenders and 15 officers from Probyn Street headquarters answered the 11:24 a.m call, under the command of Deputy Fire Chief Eric Rice. (CA)


Two Injured In Accident

Two men sustained injuries yesterday during a collision between a truck and a tractor travelling along Highway 2A.

The collision occurred near to the Sandy Lane junction in St. James and involved a truck, owned by Elvis King and driven by Ernest Rogers of St. George; and a tractor owned by C.O. Williams and driven by Augusten Alexander of Tichbourne, St. Michael.

The tractor was heading in a northerly direction and the truck travelling in the opposite direction towards Redman’s Village, St. James, when the collision occurred.

Rogers complained of pains to both knees and sustained an abrasion to the left leg, while Alexander sustained abrasions to both hands and complained of pains to his right shoulder. Both drivers were transported from the scene to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and both vehicles were extensively damaged. (NC)

Source: The Barbados Advocate