Saturday, September 24, 2011

Funeral Service Of Harold Berkeley Payne

Retired Sub-Officer Harold Berkeley Payne was laid to rest yesterday afternoon after a service of thanksgiving at the Coral Ridge Chapel in Christ Church. Several off-duty members of the Barbados Fire Service joined the official Fire Service bearer party, gazetted ranks, relatives and members of the Fairy Valley Wesleyan Holiness Church.

Payne 67, of Fairy Valley, Christ Church formerly of Boscobelle, St. Peter died on Tuesday, September 13 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and is survived by his wife Coreen Payne and four children. 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 Harold Berkeley Payne.

IRP Ltd Sponsors Fire Service Cricket Team

Roger Corbie, IRP Ltd and Ryan Lovell, Barbados Fire Service Sports Club.
IRP Fire & Safety Ltd has partnered with the Barbados Fire Service Sports and Social Club (BFSSSC) as the major sponsor for this year. This announcement was made recently during a brief ceremony at Fire Service Headquarters in Bridgetown.

During the ceremony Roger Corbie a representative of IRP Fire & Safety Ltd presented Ryan Lovell, President of the BFSSSC and Lonsdale Blake, Captain of the Fire Service Cricket Team with polo shirts to outfit the entire team.

IRP Fire & Safety Ltd represents many well-known international organizations such as MSA, Fike, Williams Fire & Hazard Control and Darley Fire-Fighting Equipment. IRP Fire & Safety Ltd has the only MSA Certified Service Centre in the region.

The original company was founded in Trinidad and Tobago in 1973 as Industrial Rubber Products Ltd and later became known to many as IRP. Since then IRP has evolved and grown into providers of solutions for almost every industry.

Friday, September 23, 2011

6 Ton Obsolete Satellite Falling To Earth

A nearly 6-ton satellite is gradually falling from Earth orbit, and parts of it could crash to the surface as early as Friday, September 23 (today), NASA officials said. NASA officials told ABC News overnight that they won't know where the satellite will hit until two hours before it enters the Earth's atmosphere, moving at 5 miles per second.

The space agency's space debris experts predict that at least 26 large pieces of the satellite will survive the scorching temperatures of atmospheric re-entry. But exactly where the UARS satellite debris will fall is uncertain. NASA officials have said that the drop zone for UARS satellite debris could be anywhere between the latitudes of northern Canada and southern South America, an area that includes much of the planet.

The satellite should re-enter over a 500-mile (804-kilometer) track, according to NASA officials. Since 75 percent of Earth is covered with ocean, there is a high likelihood that the satellite will re-enter over the sea or a remote, uninhabited stretch of land, Victoria Samson, the Washington Office Director of the Secure World Foundation, an organization dedicated to the peaceful use of outer space, told last week.

If the satellite does fall while flying over a populated region of Earth, skywatchers on the ground could see a dazzling light show if they have clear weather, Nick Johnson, chief scientist of NASA's Orbital Debris Program at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston, said on Sept. 9. As of Sunday, the UARS was flying in an orbit that reached a high point of about 149 miles (240 km) above Earth, according to NASA's latest update.

That is down from an orbit that peaked at an altitude of 171 miles (275 km) on Sept. 8. [Infographic: NASA's Falling UARS Satellite Explained] And UARS is falling closer to Earth with each passing orbit. The huge satellite is 35 feet (10.7 meters) long and 15 feet (4.5 m) wide, and has been falling faster than anticipated (initial re-entry estimates pegged its plunge to somewhere between late September and early October) due to increased solar activity last week.

Solar activity can cause the Earth's atmosphere to heat and expand, increasing drag on low-flying spacecraft. View full size imageThe U.S. Strategic Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and NASA are keeping a close eye on the falling UARS spacecraft, but have said that they will only be able to pinpoint the satellite's point of impact to within about 6,000 miles (10,000 km) about two hours before re-entry due to its unpredictable nature, U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Duncan, deputy chief of the U.S. Strategic Command's space situational awareness division, told reporters on Sept. 9.

NASA launched the $750 million UARS spacecraft in 1991 to study the ozone layer and other chemical compounds in Earth's upper atmosphere to better understand their role in the planet's climate. The satellite was initially designed for a three-year mission, but it lasted for 14 years until newer satellites made it obsolete. The UARS satellite was decommissioned in December 2005 when NASA commanded the spacecraft to fire its thrusters one last time to use all its remaining fuel to place it on a years-long path toward disposal in Earth's atmosphere.

If any pieces of the satellite debris do fall over or near a populated area, NASA and the U.S. military warn the public not to touch UARS remains. Instead, local law enforcement officials should be contacted, NASA officials said. Any debris from the UARS satellite still remains the property of the U.S. government and cannot be sold for profit to collectors or on eBay, they added.

56 Years For Barbados Fire Service

Come this Sunday, September 25, this country's Fire Service will celebrate 56 years in existence. And to mark the occasion, the department will host several activities under the theme Preserving Our Community Through Service Excellence.

The week will begin with divine worship on Sunday at St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Walkers, St. Andrew, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

From Monday, September 26, to Wednesday, September 28, there will be a series of open days at all Fire Stations. These will commence at 10:00 a.m. and members of the public will have the opportunity to visit and tour the facilities.

Also on September 26, there will be a health extravaganza at the Fire Service's Probyn Street Headquarters, Bridgetown. Visitors can get their cholesterol and blood pressure checked. Massages and pedicures will be offered, and fire safety tips will be exhibited.

The following day, Tuesday, September 27, the Airport Fire Station will host an equipment display from 10:00 a.m., which members of the public are invited to attend. Fire Officers Professional Day will come into focus on Wednesday, September 28, and participants will get the chance to take part in a quiz, which begins at 6:30 p.m. King George V Memorial Park will be the venue when the department hosts its picnic, sports and fun day, on Thursday, September 29, commencing at 9:00 a.m.

A parade and awards ceremony will take place at the Arch Hall Fire Station in St. Thomas, on Friday, September 30, at 3:30 p.m. The activities will culminate on Saturday, October 1, with a family fun fair, beginning at noon at the Fire Service headquarters. There will also be many attractions such as face painting, lucky dip and a jumping tent. The public is invited. (BGIS)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

56th Anniversary Of Hurricane Janet

Hurricane Janet the most powerful hurricane of the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season struck on September 22nd, 1955. This hurricane killed 38 people in Barbados and was one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record.

The Category 5 hurricane caused catastrophic damage and at least 687 deaths in the Lesser Antilles, Yucat√°n Peninsula, and mainland Mexico. [The photo above shows Janet's historical track and position on this day in 1955. 13.2N 54.3W.]

Monday, September 12, 2011

New IABPFF Caribbean Regional Director

Congratulations to Bernard Bowen on his election to the post of Caribbean Regional Director with the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters. Bowen is a 30 year veteran firefighter and succeeds former Director Neal Smithwick. The Caribbean Region was incorporated in 1995 and is the 7th Region of the IABPFF.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11 - 10th Anniversary

Today the world reflects on the horrible tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. On this the 10th Anniversary we honour the many firefighters, emergency services personnel and civilians whose lives were lost during the events of that day.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lucky Ecape

Jean Griffith, 78, is counting her lucky stars after being rescued from a car that overturned yesterday morning just off a section of the ABC Highway between the Garfield Sobers Roundabout and the junction of Warners.

It was the quick action of Dexter Bishop, who was travelling in the opposite direction, that led to the release of Griffith who was trapped in her car. Bishop said that around 10:34 a.m., while he was driving along the highway, he saw the car lying on its top with the hazard lights flashing.

He realized someone was still in the car, so he called for help. Two fire tenders from the Bridgetown headquarters and the Worthing branch, police officers and ambulance personnel responded. Griffith was freed from the car shortly after 11 a.m. and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. (MM)


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Man Homeless After Losing City Residence To Fire

Fire destroyed a house in Mason Hall Street, The City, yesterday. The blaze left 23-year-old Kenroy Crichlow homeless. In Swan Street Crichlow, not the owner of the house, told the DAILY NATION that he was in the nearby Swan Street, The City, when he was informed about the fire and rushed home.

“I was up town and he [a friend] come and tell me to get in the bar [of the bicycle] quick. When I get here everything was burn flat. I had a chance to save nothing. “I don’t have a place to live. I don’t know what to do right now, I really don’t know what to do,” said Crichlow.

Two houses were damaged during the blaze, which the Barbados Fire Service responded to around 2:18 p.m.