Thirty-five participants from nine different departments within the civil service are now better equipped to handle disasters and incidents involving mass casualties after successfully completing three days of training through the Incident Command System (ICS) training course.

Lead facilitator retired Brigadier General (RSS), Earl Arthurs in his remarks pointed out the government’s role in the provision of resourceful assistance, while the RSS provided the technical skills towards the training. He said the System is home-grown and was started in 2005 but became successful in 2007. In 2014 through the efforts led by CDEMA and other stakeholders, the program was revamped. The Lead Facilitator disclosed that so far, training has been done in six other countries and there are plans to have all eighteen Caribbean states engaged in ICS Training. Arthurs added that as a small nation, this system will allow operators to gain support when there is a disaster.

The retired Brigadier General (RSS) revealed that participants were engaged in theoretical and field exercises. He noted that participants came from different disciplines and all performed as one unit.

Commissioner of Police (Ag.), Colin John noted that this training was a success, noting that training of this nature is integral to disaster preparedness and safety in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Commissioner of Police added that one must “always be prepared for any eventuality.” He stressed also that participants must impart knowledge gained to ensure a safer St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

In delivering the keynote address, Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, Land, Survey and Physical Planning, Hon. Montgomery Daniel emphasized that a coordinated system for all departments to function ultimately will bring the best results. Minister Daniel said, “as first responders to an accident, one must be prepared and must be trained to provide basic medical care.” The Acting Prime Minister noted that the relevant processes must, therefore, be established for comfort and safety.

Minister Daniel noted that disasters “require a central management system if there is to be a positive outlook and positive results.” He said St Vincent and the Grenadines is improving on all systems and the government is now seeking a place on the United Nations Security Council to add a voice to various issues.

The course was organized by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in conjunction with the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, and the Regional Security System (RSS). The sessions culminated on Thursday 29th November 2018 at the NEMO conference room.

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