Monday, March 31, 2014

Elderly Man Dies In House Fire

An elderly man is dead after a house fire at Cane Vale, Christ Church just after mid-night. One arrival firefighters found the stone dwelling engulfed in flames.

Nine officers with two fire tenders and a tanker under the command of acting Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard and acting Station Officer Denton Foster responded to the incident.

Three Motor Cars Damaged by Fire

Three motor cars were damaged after fire erupted at Downes Auto Repair located at Hothersal, St. Michael around 2054 hours last night. Firefighters with one fire tender responded and was able to contain and extinguish the blaze. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Firefighters Rescue Girl From Well

Firefighters rescued a 13-year-old child who appeared to have suffered minor injuries after falling into a well in Maynard's, St. Peter around 1820 hours yesterday.

Two tenders with nine officers under the command of acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer Lloydson Phillips and Station Officer Gordon Boxill responded to the scene.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fire Safety Training For Civilian Staff

The Administration of the Barbados Fire Service is not only providing firefighting and safety training for local fire officers but also ensuring that the department’s clerical and ancillary staff are also equipped with the necessary fire safety skills to efficiently respond to fire related emergencies should the need arise.

During the past two days the fire services’ clerical and ancillary staff participated in theoretical classroom sessions and a live fire hot exercise involving the correct use of fire extinguishers at Fire Service Headquarters.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Exercise Caribe Wave/Lantex 14

The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE-EWS) in collaboration with local disaster and emergency services commenced Exercise Caribe Wave/Lantex 14 this morning from around 0600 hours.

The purpose of this exercise is to assist tsunami preparedness efforts in the Caribbean and Adjacent regions. The Caribe Wave/Lantex 14 tsunami scenario simulates a tsunami generated by a M 8.5 earthquake located approximately 270 km off the Portugal coast.

A dummy message was issued by the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) and the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) and was transmitted to test communications with Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFPs) and Emergency Management Organisations.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Firefighters Receive Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Approximately 34 officers of the Barbados Fire Service received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee award yesterday during a brief ceremony held at the Airport Fire Station.

The presentations were made by Mrs. Gayle Francis-Vaughan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne.

The commemorative medal was presented to the officers in celebration and recognition of their dedicated service. All of the recipients have completed 20 - 25 years in the fire service. (Photo: Fire Officer Glyne Bourne proudly wears his medals.)

Four Vehicle Accident On Harbour Road

Several people were treated for various injuries and transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday after a four-vehicle accident on the Harbour Road, Bridgetown around 1820 hours. The accident involved a Transport Board bus and three motor cars, two of the cars were extensively damaged while a third car received moderate damage. Two fire tenders under the command of acting Station Officer Denton Foster were dispatched to the scene. (Photo courtesy Remy Rock)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CAFC 2014 Fire-Rescue-EMS Symposium

The Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) announces its "CAFC 2014 Fire-Rescue-EMS Leadership Symposium" in the Dominican Republic from December 1 - 6, 2014. The Symposium will include a series of educational activities, such as the Junior Officer Leadership Academy (JOLA) and Incident Command System, as well as the Annual General Meeting for Chief Fire Officers, The Caribbean Firefighter Challenge and presentation of the The Caribbean Firefighter of the Year Award. All Caribbean Fire/Rescue/EMS personnel are invited to attend.

Sugar Harvest Underway, Exercise Caution

Motorist and pedestrians are reminded that the 2014 sugar cane harvest has commenced and to expect frequent movement of tractors and trailers hauling sugar cane. Vigilance and caution should be exercised by all road users as you traverse our roadways. Have a pleasant and enjoyable day... be safe.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Three Businesses Destroyed By Fire

Three businesses were destroyed and a fourth slightly damaged after fire broke out on Magazine Lane in Bridgetown around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Two fire tenders from Fire Service Headquarters under the command of acting Divisional Officer Tyrone Trotman responded to the blaze.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Earthquakes And Tsunamis In Barbados

A lunchtime seminar on Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Barbados will be held on Tuesday, March 18, at the Grand Salle, Central Bank of Barbados, Church Village, St. Michael, beginning at 12 noon.

That lecture will be delivered by Director of the Seismic Research Centre, Dr. Joan Latchman, as part of the activities to mark Coastal Hazard Awareness month which is being celebrated under the theme: Tsunami Smart Barbados.

The event is being hosted by the Technical Standing Committee on Coastal Hazards, and all are invited. (BGIS)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Motor Car Overturns In Wildey

The driver of a motor car escaped with minor injury after the vehicle overturned in Wildey, St. Michael around 1609 hours yesterday.

Two tenders from Fire Service Headquarters under the command of Station Officer Mervin Mayers responded to the incident, however, extrication was not required. The vehicle was extensively damaged as a result of the accident.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

International Women's Day 2014

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. International Women's Day celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.

On this the observance of International Women's Day we express our gratitude and salute all women in the Fire Service for their sterling contribution to the fire and rescue profession.

Friday, March 7, 2014

House Extensively Damaged At Hinds Hill

Another dwelling house has been extensively damaged by fire. The latest incident occurred this morning around 0911 hours at Hinds Hill, St. Michael. Two fire tenders from Fire Service Headquarters under the command of Divisional Officer Ricardo Gittens and acting Station Officer Denton Foster responded to the blaze.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Firefighting Career Still The Popular Choice

Despite the inherent danger and arduous conditions of our employment, the firefighting and rescue profession still manages to attract many applicants and potential candidates.

This is even more evident whenever the occasion of a public exhibition or career showcase occurs. The recent career showcase at the Princess Margaret Secondary School was no exception. (Photo compliments PMSS)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

House Fire At Parish Land, Christ Church

Several persons were displaced after a house yesterday at Parish Land, Christ Church. The incident occurred around 1434 hours and involved one timber dwelling which was extensively damaged.

Two fire tenders under the command of Station Officer Mervin Mayers responded to the blaze. Investigations into the cause of the fire are underway.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Two Persons Injured In Regent Hill House Fire

Two persons were treated for burns and transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday after fire broke out at Regent Hill, The Pine, St. Michael. The incident occurred around 1643 hours and involved one National Housing Corporation unit.

Two fire tenders from Fire Service Headquarters under the command of acting Divisional Officer Tyrone Trotman and acting Station Officer Denton Foster responded to the incident. The fire was confined to one bedroom.