Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wishing You A Safe, Healthy & Happy New Year


The Bajan Fire Fighters' Network is blessed with committed volunteers, dedicated fans, supportive communities and a talented, caring Administrative staff.

Our heartfelt thanks to our members and everyone who played a part in providing (or helping us to provide) assistance to those we supported in 2014. We wish you all a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Aircraft Crashes Down Compared To Last Year


According to Geneva-based Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives this year's number of crashes at 111 is down from 139 last year, says the bureau, which defines an air accident as "any event where aircraft suffered such damage that it is not in a position to be used anymore and that it is removed from service." See: http://www.baaa-acro.com/

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year


The Administration and Trustees would like to extend our very best wishes to our members and fans of the Bajan Fire Fighters' Network. Your dedication, commitment and contribution to our organisation is very much appreciated. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Chief Fire Officer's Christmas Message


My fellow Barbadians, visitors and investors in Barbados, on behalf of the members of the Barbados Fire Service, I sincerely wish you, your families and employees a happy and safe holiday season and a productive and prosperous 2015.

Safety, as you know, is the number one priority of the Barbados Fire Service and we stand committed to providing everyone with excellent customer service through efficient emergency care.

With each passing year, we remind you of the importance of adopting proper fire safety practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and this year is no different as we continue to urge persons to be ever mindful of the danger of fire and offer tips on how to avoid and in some cases eliminate the chance of an emergency occurring.

This year, regrettably, has seen the Fire Service being summoned to numerous emergencies, especially in the form of private dwelling house fires. In 2013, there were 80 recorded house fires, whereas for the year to date, there have been 93 recorded house fires, showing an increase of 16.25 percent.

This increase brings with it renewed concerns that the message of fire safety urgently needs to reach every alley, avenue, terrace, village, development and community across Barbados. See more: BGIS Media

Monday, December 22, 2014

Fire Chief: An Honour To Serve My Country


Anyone thinking of making fire-fighting a career choice must be willing to learn, and more importantly, be prepared to give of their service to their country.

No longer is the job characterised by simple bush and grass fires, but now requires those who enter its ranks to be well-rounded academically, technologically and physically.

No one knows this better than retiring Chief Fire Officer at the Barbados Fire Service (BFS), Wilfred Marshall, as he reflected on how the profession has evolved since he joined in 1975.

Officially retiring in January, Marshall is of the view that the selection process for the Fire Service needs to be broadened and deepened. See more: BGIS Media

Make Fire Safety A Priority For Christmas!


Acting Chief Fire Officer with the Barbados Fire Service (BFS), Errol Maynard, stated that this year’s 16.25 per cent increase in house fires, strengthened the fact that the message of fire safety urgently needed to reach “every alley, avenue, terrace, village, development and community across Barbados”.

A total of 80 house fires were recorded for 2013, while there are 93 on record so far for this year. 

“With each passing year, we remind you of the importance of adopting proper fire safety practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and this year is no different, as we continue to urge persons to be ever mindful of the danger of fire and offer tips on how to avoid, and, in some cases eliminate, the chance of an emergency occurring,” he said.

One area of particular concern for fire officials is persons leaving their stoves unattended – one of the main contributing factors to the spike in house fires across the island. See more: BGIS Media

Monday, December 15, 2014

Career Showcase - Lester Vaughan School


Fire Officer Natasha Forde (Barbados Fire Service) at a Career Showcase held on December 9 at the Lester Vaughan School, Cane Garden, St. Thomas. (Images: Lester Vaughan School)


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Donations Needed - HIV/AIDS Food Bank


The National HIV/AIDS Bank is in dire need of your assistance with donations of non-perishable food items. We are encouraging everyone to join us and render support to the National HIV/AIDS Food Bank. This very worthy cause deserves your generous support. Contact us: info@bajanfirefighters.org

Monday, December 8, 2014

Fire Safety For The Yuletide Season


The holiday season is the festive time of year when decorative lights brighten our homes and families get together to enjoy the holiday spirit. It is also the time when the risk of fire increases. We offer these helpful hints that everyone can use to keep the season fire free. We urge you to take a moment to read the following tips.

• ALWAYS turn off tree lights before going out or to bed.
• ALWAYS erect your Christmas tree away from heat sources.
• NEVER use combustible decorations on your tree.
• NEVER place lights with damaged electrical cords on your tree.
• NEVER use staples or nails to hang up light sets, this can damage cords (shock hazard).
• NEVER overload electrical circuits by hanging too many lights.
• NEVER hang lights outdoors that are not specified for external use.
• ALWAYS inspect your decorative lights for defects before hanging them up.
• ALWAYS unplug decorative lights when leaving home.
• ALWAYS secure plugs from water when using outdoors.
• ALWAYS test your smoke alarms, keep them in good working order.
• DO NOT leave stoves unattended when cooking for any reason.

Never leave infants at home unattended. Ensure that elderly relatives are looked after and not exposed to fire risk during the holidays. We want you to have a safe and fire free holiday season. Do not invite disaster to your celebrations. We wish you the warmest of holiday greetings and good health... HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Friday, December 5, 2014

International Volunteer Day 2014


International Volunteer Day 2014 - "Make Change Happen"

International Volunteer Day (IVD) - (December 5) is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels. See more: http://www.unv.org/what-we-do/intl-volunteer-day.html

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fire Safety Is Not Expensive, It's Priceless


We urge homeowners to take precautions to ensure the safety and protection of your family and property. Contrary to popular belief, fire safety is not expensive. The following measures can go a long way towards improving safety in your home.
  1. Install smoke detectors, they provide adequate early warning in the event of a fire. Smoke detectors are readily available from most hardware stores and are not expensive.
  2. Purchase a fire extinguisher for your home. ABC fire extinguishers are multi-purpose and are essential hand-held devices to combat fires in their early stages.
  3. Create and practice exit drills with the occupants in your home. Knowing what to do in the event of a fire is important to ensuring the safety and well-being of your family members.  
Finally, if you can afford home insurance it is highly recommended that you obtain adequate insurance coverage for your home and contents.  If you require further information or assistance with your fire safety planning please contact the Fire Prevention and Community Relations Unit: (246) 435-4646. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

World AIDS Day 2014


World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” Read more: http://www.worldaidsday.org/

Fatal Accident Near Glebe, St. George


Two fire tenders from the Bridgetown Fire Station under the command of Station Officer Gordon Boxill responded to a motor vehicle accident in the early hours of this morning. The accident occurred near the Glebe, St. George just after 1 a.m. and resulted in a pedestrian being struck and pinned under a vehicle. The pedestrian died at the scene of the accident.

In The Service Of Our Country


IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY - "When a man or woman becomes a firefighter the greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he or she does after that is all in the line of duty" ~ Edward F. Croker.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

HAPPY 48th INDEPENDENCE BARBADOS


HAPPY 48th INDEPENDENCE BARBADOS - Very best wishes from the Bajan Fire Fighters' Network.

"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence" - David Ben-Gurion.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Transport Board Bus Destroyed By Fire


Firefighters with one fire tender responded to a bus fire last night. One Transport Board bus was destroyed by fire just after 2040 hours at Sugar Hill, St. Joseph. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The "KING R" Cricket Fun Day


The Lodge Road Sports Club under the patronage of the Honourable Ronald Jones presents the "King R" Cricket Fun Day in memory of the late Rodney "King R" King (Fire Officer). Lodge Road Sports Club versus The Barbados Fire Service in a cricket match on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Kingsland Playing Field, Christ Church at 12 noon.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Truck Damaged After Going Off A Precipice


Firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident just after 1236 hours at Chapel Road, St. James today (November 25). One truck was extensively damaged after it went over a precipice and collided with a section of stairs on a nearby house. The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene by paramedics before being transported to the hospital. (Images: BFF/KS)

Firefighters Participate In Funathalon


A small group of firefighters took to the streets in support of the Nation Newspaper's Funathalon 7 km run/walk on Sunday. From all accounts they had a wonderful time, they shared some love and helped to spread the message of ending violence. Special thanks to Heather Brathwaite (Nation Staff) for the invaluable assistance rendered.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Flat Rock, St George Home Destroyed By Fire


Another dwelling has been destroyed by fire. Fire officers responded to a house fire at Flat Rock, St George around 0048 hours this morning (November 24). On arrival the timber structure was found to be engulfed in flames. Two fire tenders under the command of Station Officer Gordon Boxill attended the incident; the occupant was not at home at the time of the blaze.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Funeral Service - Ret. Divisional Officer Cox


Despite the inclement weather many friends, relatives and a large contingent from the Barbados Fire Service gathered at the St. Martin's Anglican Church, St. Philip for the funeral service of retired Divisional Officer Randolph Cox.

The Thanksgiving Service was conducted by Canon Seibert Small who indicated that due to the saturated grave site, burial would be postponed and interment would take place on Saturday, weather permitting.

Cox enlisted in the Barbados Fire Service on August 1, 1973 and retired on December 31, 2010 after briefly acting in the post of Chief Fire Officer. The former Divisional Officer died on November 9 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. (Images: Ron Lashley)

House Destroyed By Fire At Arthur Seat


An early morning fire at Browne's Gap, Arthur Seat, St. Thomas destroyed one house.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Public Viewing - Randolph Cox


Fire officers, relatives and members of the public turned up at the Bridgetown Fire Station to convey condolences and view the body of retired Divisional Officer Randolph Cox as it reposed at Probyn Street today. The former veteran firefighter died on Sunday, 9 November at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held tomorrow Friday, November 21, 2014 at the St. Martin's Anglican Church in St. Philip at 3:30 p.m with the interment in the churchyard following the service.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola Simulation Exercise This Week


The Ministry of Health will conduct a simulation exercise this week to test the country’s preparedness for dealing with a case of the Ebola virus. While there have been no cases of Ebola in Barbados, the exercise is intended to identify any gaps in planning so that these areas may be strengthened.

Several agencies in the health sector, security forces and other stakeholder organisations will be involved. As a result, members of the public may encounter personnel conducting various exercises, and they are advised not to be alarmed since this forms part of the simulation.

The Ministry will issue a report at the end of the exercise to update the public on the outcome. (BGIS)

Funeral Service For Randolph Cox


The funeral service for the late Randolph Cox former Divisional Officer of the Barbados Fire Service will take place on Friday, November 21, 2014 at the St. Martin's Anglican Church, St. Philip where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 3:00 p.m.

Viewing of the body will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Bridgetown Fire Station, Probyn Street, St. Michael.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Retired Firefighters Launch Association


The retired fire officers of the Barbados Fire Service have formed an association. The new organisation called the Barbados Association of Retired Fire Officers (BARFO) was recently established. Membership is open to all retired fire officers and the retired civilian staff of the Barbados Fire Service, Honorary membership is also available. An interim committee was selected to manage the interest of the association until elections. The members of the committee are: Keith Ward, Wilfred Marshall, Michael Lowe, Charles Holligan and Neal Smithwick.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Parade To Mark 48 Years Of Independence


Pomp and pageantry will be the order of the day when the annual Independence Ceremonial Parade is held on Monday, December 1.

The culmination of activities to mark Independence celebrations, the Parade will see several detachments of armed and unarmed units assembled at the Garrison Savannah for the 8:00 a.m. ceremony.

Governor-General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, will inspect the detachments on parade, which will include the Mounted Troop of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), the Barbados Cadet Corps, and the Bands of the BDF and RBPF.

The unarmed units will include the Barbados Fire Service, the Red Cross Society of Barbados, the Barbados Landship Association and the Government Security Guard Service.

Spectators will also enjoy a special presentation by the Band of the Royal Barbados Police Force, which is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year.

At the end of the ceremony, troops will march from the Garrison Savannah to Bay Street, where Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will take the salute at Government Headquarters. The parade will culminate in The City. (BGIS)

Monday, November 10, 2014

House Damaged By Fire At Dean's Village


One timber structure was extensively damaged this afternoon after a fire at Dean's Village, St. Michael. Two fire tenders from the Bridgetown Fire Station under the command of Station Officer Gordon Boxill responded to the incident. The occupant was not at home at the time of the blaze.

Motor Vehicle Accident On Maxwell Road


The driver of a motor car was treated by paramedics and later transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a vehicle accident around 2054 hours last night. Two persons were traveling in the vehicle when the accident occurred on Maxwell Road, Christ Church. The front of the vehicle was extensively damaged after it collided with a house. Two fire tenders under the command of acting Station Officer David Barrow responded to the incident.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Firefighters Mourn The Death Of DO Cox


Local firefighters are once again mourning the death of a retired senior officer. Former Divisional Officer Randolph Cox passed away this morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

We extend our sincere condolences to his family during this time of bereavement. Funeral arrangements will be made public in a subsequent announcement.

Remembrance Sunday


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war - We Shall Not Forget. #LestWeForget #RemembranceSunday

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bajan Firefighters - October 2014


Check out the "Bajan Firefighters - October 2014" monthly news and information digest via Flipboard. See: Flipboard Magazine

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Remembrance Day Parade - November 9


Barbadians will pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the two World Wars, at the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Inter-denominational Service on Sunday, November 9, at the Cenotaph, National Heroes Square, Bridgetown, commencing at 8:00 a.m.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, will lay wreaths, followed by other specially invited guests.

Armed units of the Barbados Defence Force’s Guard of Honour, the Barbados Coast Guard, the Royal Barbados Police Force and its Band, and the Barbados Cadet Corps, will be on parade.

Unarmed units will comprise members of the Barbados Fire Service, the Barbados Prison Service, the Barbados Girl Guides’ Association, the Band of the Barbados Cadet Corps, the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, the Barbados Red Cross and the Barbados Boy Scouts Association.

A full rehearsal will be held for all armed and unarmed units on Sunday, November 2, in National Heroes Square, beginning at 8:00 a.m. (BGIS)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Blood versus Flames (BAEMT vs FIRE)


Paging all cricket lovers, this is an emergency page for all cricket lovers - T20 Cricket Match; Blood versus Flames (Barbados Association of Emergency Medical Technicians vs Barbados Fire Service), Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Briar Hall Playing Field, Christ Church.

Event is in aid of raising funds for EMS equipment. Come out and support. BRING THE FAMILY AND ENJOY, it will be a Grand Time...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Seale Proceeds On Pre-Retirement Leave


Sub. Officer Juanita Seale officially proceeded on pre-retirement leave on October 22 and will retire from the Barbados Fire Service on January 1, 2015 after 36 years of dedicated service. Juanita was one of the first women to join the Barbados Fire Service in 1979 and was last assigned to the Fire Prevention and Community Relations Unit.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Retired Senior Firefighter Laid To Rest


Fire officers, family members and friends gathered at the St. Thomas Parish Church yesterday in a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of retired acting Divisional Officer Glanville Collins.

Collins a 43-year veteran firefighter died suddenly on September 28, and was an active member of the St. Philip West District Emergency Organisation and an ardent supporter of Spartan Cricket Club.

CAFF 2014 Goodwill Games In Guyana


Regional firefighters are today gathering for the Caribbean Association of Fire Fighters (CAFF) 2014 Goodwill Games in Guyana. The Games are scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, Georgetown according to a press release from the local organizers.

Nine countries have confirmed their participation in the Games, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Island, French Guyana, Guyana, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia.

The Guyanese public and athletics fans are invited to come out and support the various countries which will be participating in the games, since it will showcase the different side of firefighters.

The event will be exciting and will be an opportunity for regional firefighters to showcase the lighter side of the fire service. It will also be an opportunity to build stronger relations among firefighters across the region.

The Goodwill Games were last held in Barbados in 2012.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Public Viewing - Glanville Collins


A steady stream of fire officers and members of the public turned up to view the body of retired acting Divisional Officer Glanville Collins as it reposed at the Bridgetown Fire Station, Probyn Street, Bridgetown this morning.

The public viewing will conclude at 3:00 p.m. today. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held tomorrow Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the St. Thomas Parish Church at 3:30 p.m with the interment in the churchyard following the service.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Early Closure of Fire Service Headquarters


Members of the public are advised that the administrative section of Barbados Fire Service headquarters, General Post Office Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown, will close at noon on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

This early closure is to facilitate the attendance of staff at the funeral of former acting Divisional Officer Glanville Collins. The Barbados Fire Service regrets any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Funeral Service For Glanville Collins


The funeral service for the late Glanville Collins former Station Officer of the Barbados Fire Service will take place on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the St. Thomas Parish Church, where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 3:30 p.m.

Viewing of the body will take place on Monday, October 20, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Bridgetown Fire Station, Probyn Street, St. Michael.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tyrone Trotman Proceeds On Pre-Retirement


Station Officer Tyrone Trotman proceeded on pre-retirement leave on Wednesday (October 8) and will retire from the Barbados Fire Service on January 1, 2015 after 38 years of dedicated service. Trotman's last assignment was Deputy Officer-in-Charge of the Airport Fire Station, we extend best wishes to Tyrone and wish him well for the future.

GAIA Inc Twenty20 Night Cricket Scores


Bridgetown, Barbados - Summarised scores and results of play in Matches 8 and 9 of the 3rd Annual Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Twenty20 Night tapeball tournament at Rices Playing Field, St. Philip on Tuesday, October 7:

ZONE A

Match 8: Fire Service defeated CAH PSA by 58 runs.

Fire Service 129 all out (18.2 overs) (Lonsdale Blake 32, Athelbert Brathwaite 28, Dale Brathwaite 28, Larando Best 17; Jude Clarke 4-27, Jamel Harris 2-16, Julian Niles 2-24).

CAH PSA 71 all out (16.5 overs) (Jamel Harris 16; Andre Evelyn 4-8, Dale Brathwaite 2-10).

Points: Fire Service 3, CAH PSA 0.

Toss: CAH PSA.

NB: Match was reduced to 19 overs-a-side.

Umpires: Trevor Blenman, Ian White.

Scorer: Leslay Prescod.

POINTS (Matches played in brackets):

ZONE A: Fire Service 6 (2), Customs 3 (2), Fast Rangers 3 (1), CAH PSA 0 (2), GAIA Inc 0 (1).

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fire Prevention Week 2014


The importance of having smoke detectors in homes and businesses will be underscored during this year’s Fire Prevention Week, which commences today Sunday, October 5 and runs until Saturday, October 11 under the theme: Smoke Detectors Save Lives. #FPW2014 See more: BGIS Media

Friday, October 3, 2014

Charles Holligan Bids Fire Service Farewell


After 34 years of dedicated service, Sub Officer Charles Holligan proceeded on pre-retirement leave on September 22 and will retire from the Fire Service on February 1, 2015. Holligan enlisted in the Barbados Fire Service on September 1, 1981 and was last assigned to the St. John Fire Station. We wish Charles all the best for the future.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Seminar By Fire Officer Patrick Edwards


Fire Officer Patrick Edwards recently conducted a seminar for the St Peter Parish Independence Committee. Watch his very informative talk on fire prevention, classes of fires and other tips. (Nation News) Click to see video: www.youtube.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Let us all show support for the fight against cancer during the month of October... #BreastCancerAwareness

Bajan Firefighters - September 2014


Check out "Bajan Firefighters - September 2014" monthly news and information digest via Flipboard. See: Flipboard Magazine

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Central Division Day


Members of the public had the opportunity to tour the Bridgetown Fire Station on Probyn Street today from 10:00 a.m. Those gathered were able to observe Fire Officers demonstrate their technical skills during a 'Firefighter Challenge' and drill display held to observe Central Division Day. #FireWeek | #Barbados | #BajanFireFighters : See list of Events

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fire Service Mourns The Loss Of DO Collins


Members of the Barbados Fire Service mourn the sudden passing of retired Divisional Officer Glanville Collins. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Collins family during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements for the late Glanville Collins will be made public in a subsequent announcement.