RBDF Personnel complete Crisis and Disaster Management Course

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Marine Seaman Travis McPhee receiving his certificate on February 19, 2021, after completing the Crisis and Disaster Risk Management course at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR. Shown from left: Force Chief Petty Officer Andrew McKenzie; Commander Granville Adderley, Commanding Officer for the Crisis Risk Management Unit; Marine Seaman McPhee; Captain Shawn Adderley, Acting Captain Coral Harbour; and Commander Sonia Miller, Commanding Officer for the Disaster Risk Management Unit. (RBDF Photo by Able Seaman Fredrick Russell)

In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of enhancing responsiveness to the security environment nationally and regionally, approximately seventeen Marines successfully completed the Crisis and Disaster Risk Management course.

Conducted at the HMBS CORAL HARBOUR from February 15-19, 2021, the course was designed to heighten the skillset of the men and women when deployed nationally or regionally during times of disaster. It also helps to strengthen the skills of marines by allowing them to identify and prepare necessary steps to be taken while in the fields during times of natural disasters. Participants of the course were taught and trained by RBDF Officers and Marines who are specialist in the field.

Participants from the Supply and Engineering Departments gained knowledge about their primary and secondary duties while occupying hurricane shelters once deployed. They were taught important topics such as Emergency Response, Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), Shelter Management, Violent and Criminal Behaviors, Active Shooter, First-Aid and Basic CPR as well as Riots and Curfews. They were given instructions in helping to combat natural disasters which may evolve into a crisis.

During the practical aspect of the course, the Marines learned the identification of the various types of bombs and what procedures should be in place to safely execute a crisis action plan. Each individual learned how to respond to a bomb threat, how to handle a bomb caller, how to search for bombs and explosives as well as how to properly and safely evacuate a building in case of an emergency. The DVI aspect gave the participants the skills and knowledge to deal with mass casualty situations and the removal and identification of victims.

In attendance at the closing ceremony was Captain Shawn Adderley, Acting Captain Coral Harbour who brought brief remarks and congratulated each participant, along with Commander Sonia Miller, Commanding Officer for the Disaster Risk Management Unit, and Commander Granville Adderley, Commanding Officer for the Crisis Risk Management Unit.

It is expected that all members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force complete the Crisis and Disaster Risk Management Course, which is a vital component to aid in the fight against illicit transnational activities in the country. As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force commences a new year with strategic goals and objectives, the organization remains diligent in preparation for another hurricane season.

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