In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of enhancing responsiveness to the security environment nationally and regionally, approximately twenty Marines completed the Crisis and Disaster Risk Management course.
This session of the course was taught by trained Senior Enlisted from the Crisis Risk Management and Disaster Risk Management units, who are specialists in the field, and was conducted at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR from May 12-14, 2021. It was designed to heighten the skillset of the men and women when deployed nationally or regionally during times of disaster. The course also helps to strengthen the skills of marines by allowing them to identify and take the necessary steps while in the fields during times of natural and man-made disasters.
The Crisis and Disaster Management Training participants were taught the Do’s and Don’ts when dealing with a bomb threat in a series of theory and practical exercises. The practical aspect involved during a simulated bomb explosion resulting in mass casualty, requiring the response from bomb investigators and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) experts who went in when the bomb threat all-clear was given. The practical training has been increased to a great degree to test the course participants’ ability to execute what they have been learning in the classroom. The participants were highly motivated and have embraced the entire experience with enthusiasm and appreciation.
During the practical aspect of the course, the Marines learned the identification of the various types of bombs and what procedures should be taken 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 fatality situations involving the proper removal and identification of victims.
The participants also 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. They were given instructions in helping to combat natural disasters which may evolve into a crisis.
All members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are expected to 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 and increase disaster preparedness.