Sunday, June 27, 2010

Woman Dies As A Result Of Accident

Fire Officers from Fire Service Headquarters responded to a two car collision on the Spring Garden Highway at approximately 1:45 a.m. this morning. The motor vehicle accident resulted in one fatality (female) and both vehicles receiving extensive damage.

Two fire tenders from Probyn Street under the command of Divisional Officer Lloydson Phillips and acting Station Officer Gabriel Nurse attended the scene. The jaws-of-life was required to extricate persons from the badly damaged vehicles.

Fire Service Draws Match Against Wanderers

BCA Intermediate Division: - Zone A

Barbados Fire Service draws match against Wanderers at Dayrell's Road. (Summarised scores & results)

Wanderers 221 all out (Gavin Beresford 70, W. Clarke 36, G. Grimes 34, D. Walrond 22, S. Pinder 20 not out; Brian Shepherd 4-44).

BFS 294 all out (Leon Waithe 78 not out, Michael Dunner 56, Lonsdale Blake 38, Patrick Smith 34, Anthony King snr 19, Jason Codrington 15).

Points: BFS 3, Wanderers 1.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ten Injured In Christ Church Accident

Ten people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at Thornbury Hill, Christ Church, yesterday.

The accident, which occurred around 3 p.m., involved a Transport Board bus driven by Theophilus Belgrave of Cottage Vale, St Philip, and a private motor car driven by Trevor Small of Bawdens, St Andrew. The bus ended up on top of the car, crushing it and causing extensive damage.

Fire officials were summoned to the scene of the accident and used the “jaws of life” to free Small. Six of the ten passengers were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment, and the other four were taken to Randall Phillips Polyclinic in Oistins.

Reports are that the bus was travelling in the direction of Bridgetown on Callenders Road when it came into contact with the car, which was exiting Lloyd’s Court, the gap on the right, on to Callenders. Both vehicles ended up a few metres from a house on the left-hand side of the road. (GS)


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Get To Know The Act

An officer with the Barbados Fire Service is urging business places to get au fait with all aspects of the Health and Safety at Work Act and not to wait until it officially becomes law to start to get systems in place.

The suggestion is coming from Sub Officer Errol Maynard, who noted that there are a number of business persons who do not know of the Act and what will be required of them once it becomes law. His comments came yesterday morning as he spoke at a Fire Safety Symposium at the Tamarind Cove Hotel, which was hosted by the St. James Central District Emergency Organisation and the Holetown Strategic Emergency Planning Committee. Maynard was at the time going through sections of the new act which speak to fire safety and what requirements businesses have to meet in that respect.

Addressing the gathering, made up primarily of managers, supervisors and health and safety officers within the private sector, the Sub Officer reminded them that it is their responsibility to ensure that they know the law and adhere to it, as under the new act, if it is proven that a business place was negligent in meeting requirements, they could face a fine or worse, a period of time in jail.

“It would be good if businesses start to put things in place progressively so that when the act is proclaimed by the Governor General, they would not be rushing to get up to speed. It would also help to take some of the pressure off of the Fire Service as well, we do not want everyone to wait until the last minute to try to get things done, because it will stretch our resources as we try to issue certificates,” he said.

Maynard added that it is also imperative that places of employment have warning systems in place, both audible and visual, to alert people in the event that there is a fire. Smoke detectors and fire alarm systems, he said, need not only to be installed, but checked every three months to ensure they are working properly. Additionally, he said that exits should be properly identified and clearly visible at all times. Those in the habit, he said, of packing filing cabinets and boxes in corridors and blocking such exits should cease and desist with that practice as soon as possible, as it could present a dangerous situation if there is need for an emergency evacuation of persons.

Meanwhile, he said that while there are a number of businesses that are being proactive and have been putting fire fighting equipment in place, many are not training employees to use that equipment.

“Too often you go into an establishment and persons do not know how to use the equipment, but the act will require that people are trained how to use the equipment,” he said. (JRT)


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Derelict House At Dalkeith Destroyed By Fire

A derelict house at Dalkeith Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael went up in flames during the early hours of this morning. One timber building was completely destroyed by the fire, which occurred at approximately 5:00 a.m.

Two fire tenders from Fire Service Headquarters under the command of Station Officer Evans Morris responded to the blaze. The number of house fires continue to be of concern to the Barbados Fire Service.

ZR Driver, Two Passengers Hurt

A ZR driver had to be freed from his vehicle and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) after a collision with a ten-wheeler sewage truck in Haynesville, St James, yesterday afternoon. Andy Lowe, 31, of Dover Crescent, Cave Hill, St Michael, was trapped in his vehicle and had to be rescued by the Barbados Fire Service.

The collision happened at the intersection in front of the Melbourne Cricket Ground just after 1 p.m. Lowe had injuries to his chest, neck and legs, while two of the six passengers, Waveney Dixon, of Checker Hall, St Lucy, and Janette Louis, of Simmons Land, Rendezvous, Christ Church, complained of pains.

Louis, 42, had bruises to her legs, hand, and some bleeding from the mouth, while Dixon pointed to a gash on her shin. The truck, belonging to the National Housing Corporation, was driven by Mitchell Hinds, of 5A Field Road, Wildey, St Michael. He and colleagues Ronald Price and Anthony Flatts escaped without injury. (MK)


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fire Service Beat Sagicor UWI By Three Wickets

BCA Intermediate: - Zone A

Barbados Fire Service defeat the University of the West Indies by three wickets at Passage Road. (Summarised scores & results)

UWI 131 all out (Esra Greene 59, Dwight Carter 25, Pierre Rock 11; Lonsdale Blake 5-31, Brian Shepherd 2-17, R. Moore 2-47) and 276 all out (Jamal Jordan 68, Hilary Beckles 54, Dwight Carter 51, Armani Best 24, Nicholas Brathwaite 21; Brian Shepherd 4-72, Patrick Smith 3-56, Lonsdale Blake 2-76).

BFS 226 all out (Brian Shepherd 66, Anthony King snr 41 not out, D. Sargeant 34, Lonsdale Blake 23, Michael Dunner 20; Ashley Scott 6-61, Nhamo Winn 2-43) and 183-7 (Patrick Smith 45, Lonsdale Blake 33, Michael Dunner 28, D. Sargeant 19, Anthony King snr 18).

Points: BFS 8, UWI 0.

Happy Father's Day

Happy Fathers Day
Happy Fathers day means more
than have a happy day
It means i love you first of all
Then thanks for all you do
It means you mean a lot to me
and that I honor you.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fire Burns Three Homes At Lightfoot Lane

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire last night at Lightfoot Lane, the City.

The fire involved three houses, one timber dwelling and its contents was completely destroyed, while two others were extensively damaged during the blaze.

Two fire tenders from Fire Service Headquarters in Bridgetown and one from the Worthing Station responded to the blaze which occurred just after midnight.

Weather Outlook - Barbados & Caribbean

The tail end of the tropical wave will maintain cloudy to overcast skies, scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms over the Leewards and northern Windward islands during the next twelve to twenty-four hours. As the system moves further into the Caribbean Sea, the deepest convection will be restricted to the extreme northern islands.

Meanwhile a westward moving trough system (now over the Guianas), coupled with a moist southeasterly low level flow, will enhance instability over the south triggering some scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms over Barbados and the other southern islands.

Showers will persist into Sunday as the wave moves south of the area. Thereafter some drying out of the atmosphere is anticipated, however this will be short-lived as another wave will move across the region late Tuesday/Wednesday.

Compliments: Barbados Meteorological Service

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Emergency Shelters Booklet 2010

As national preparations for the 2010 hurricane season continue, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has released the list of category one and category two Emergency Shelters where persons can seek accommodation in the event of a disaster. Visit the following link to download a copy.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Alleyne New CAFC Facebook Administrator

Glyne Alleyne is ready to embrace his responsibilities as the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) Facebook Administrator. Alleyne became administrator with effect from June 4, 2010 and will be assisting the CAFC with the dissemination of information to its members and followers across the Caribbean.

The CAFC, is a body of fire chiefs, fire science experts and practitioners from throughout the Caribbean representing all of the nations of our region. CAFC - previously known as CACDACFO, is a regional organization comprised of Caribbean Fire Service Administrators, Chiefs, and Senior Fire Officers from countries within the Caribbean Region.

The operational structure and objectives of the CAFC fairly mirrors those of similar groups in the United Stated and the United Kingdom and other developed nations, in seeking to unify and upgrade emergency response potential and techniques.

The Association’s primary objective is to prevent and minimize the loss of life, personal injury, damage to property and the environment by improving and promoting the best quality of firefighting, rescue, fire protection and fire prevention. The body also provides expert professional advice, leadership research, informed comments and other services to CAFC member organizations and other entities upon request.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

10 Famous Arsonists And Why

Arsonist are some of the most stealthy, mysterious and down-right malicious criminals in history. Revenge insurance money and boredom are just some of the reasons why arsonist attack.

With thousand of acres ruined, millions of dollars in damage and thousands of innocent victims killed, arsonists are to blame for much of America’s destroyed lands and financial woes. Here are 10 famous arsonists and why they made it on the list:

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Another House Goes Up In Flames

Another house has gone up in flames, this latest blaze occurred at Hilton Road, Maxwell, Christ Church at approximately 9:39 a.m. this morning.

Two fire tenders, one from Worthing and the other from Fire Service Headquarters responded to the fire, which, extensively damaged one stone and timber dwelling.

Six officers under the command of Divisional Officer Glanville Collins and acting Station Officer Neal Smithwick attended the scene. Four house fires have been recorded in the last 48 hours, Police and Fire officials are investigating.

House Fires Engage Fire Service Yesterday

Three house fires engaged the Barbados Fire Service yesterday, the first occurred at 1:50 a.m. in Lower Carters Gap, Christ Church the second occurred at 4:17 a.m. at Mount Standfast, St James and the other at 1:18 p.m. at Quarry Road, Eden Lodge, St Michael.

Two fire tenders with nine officers from Fire Service Headquarters responded to the blaze at Eden Lodge under the command of Chief Fire Officer Wilfred Marshall, acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer Randolph Cox, Divisional Officer Lloydson Phillips and acting Station Officer Gordon Boxill.

One stone and timber structure with contents was extensively damaged and another structure slightly damaged by fire. Police and Fire officials are conducting investigations into the cause of these fires.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Junior Fire Cadet Programme Turns 10

They will not be decked out in hazmat suits and working to decontaminate several victims of a chemical spill. But young people in this year's Junior Fire Cadet Programme will, nevertheless, receive instruction in lighter, but still dangerous stuff, like responding to household incidents involving chemicals and the environment.

This five-week summer holiday training by the Barbados Fire Service prepares 12-to-15-year-old students to be first responders in their homes and communities that are impacted by natural and man-made disasters, thus occasioning emergency situations.

Designed to instill character, confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline, the sessions are free and will be conducted Monday through Friday, lasting from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Entry into the programme is by registration form and a follow-up interview. Forms are available at all fire stations between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and must be returned by June 18.

And the Fire Service is urging parents and guardians not to only enter their children but also commit them to the full course.

Up to two dozen youths will be working at Arch Hall Fire Station in this 10th course that is offering intensive sessions in class time followed by some practical and on-the-job training from July 12. They will be exposed to safety training drills for fire, basic first aid fire safety, environmental and hazard material awareness, the use of fire-fighting equipment and conflict resolution. Water safety, road tennis and tours comprise the outdoor activities that complement the in-house topics.

The students should value the experience as an opportunity to explore challenging scenarios in real time; understanding the dangers associated with chemical products by mixing them for use as cleaning agents in the home; paying attention to labelling and the impact of chemicals on the environment, and becoming resource persons in the community in indentifying hazards.

It is really about working as one team too, since the Fire Service is bringing together children from various schools and asking these students to gel in five weeks.

For the participants, the programme, particularly sessions on conflict resolution and the group project, will reinforce that teamwork and communication are key in effectively responding to the needs of others.

The organisers described the Junior Fire Cadet Programme as "a training curriculum that should not be interpreted as a leisure or casual vacation experience". The aim is to provide good work habits and build positive attitudes among all participants. Anything less is unacceptable in the Barbados Fire Service.

By exposing these junior fire cadets to the organisational structure of the Fire Service, the skills of firefighters and the rules employees must follow to achieve success, it is hoped that they will have a better idea where they fit into today's world with their future goals.

And with a decade of turning out trained youth with a wider skills base at the community level, the Junior Fire Cadet Programme is certainly proving to be an invaluable asset to the Barbadian society. (BGIS)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fire In Pegwell Boggs

Quick action by the fire service on Wednesday averted what could have been a major disaster in a densely populated district in Christ Church.

Just after two o clock Wednesday afternoon, firemen responded to a call about a blaze at Pegwell Boggs.

One fire appliance from the Probyn Street headquarters and one from the Worthing fire station were dispatched to the area along with eight firemen.

When the smoke cleared two houses were destroyed and two others slightly damaged.

Up to news time, police and fire officials could not say exactly how many people lived at the houses.

The cause of the fire is still to be determined.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts Today

The Atlantic hurricane season is officially under way today and residents are encouraged to get get prepared.

Hurricane forecasters predict that there will be 14 to 23 tropical storms in the Atlantic basin, including eight to 14 hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that three to seven of the hurricanes will be major storms that reach Category 3 or higher - meaning they bring sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

Every year, there is a pre-approved list of tropical storm and hurricane names. These lists have been generated by the National Hurricane Center since 1953.

The list of hurricane names for the Atlantic for the year 2010 is as follows; Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Igor, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tomas, Virginie and Walter.