In alignment with the strategic vision set forth by Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King, to ensure the organization’s readiness to respond to natural and man-made disasters in tandem with NEMA and the other Emergency Support Function Agencies, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Disaster Risk Management Unit, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency, successfully concluded their second Shelter Manager’s Course for the year. The intensive training took place at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR from August 15 to August 17, 2023.
Marking the second such course of the year, the Disaster Risk Management Unit continues to advance its mission of elevating the skill set of enlisted men and women. These individuals are entrusted with the critical responsibility of overseeing the operational management of emergency shelters, prepared to execute vital duties when summoned during periods of natural disasters.
A total of fourteen (14) Marines actively participated in this comprehensive three-day course, which was expertly guided by the Course Instructors: Force Chief Petty Officer Paulette Higgs and Chief Petty Officer Shamica Duncombe. The curriculum encompassed a diverse range of subjects essential for effective crisis management, including Risk Management, National Disaster Management Programs, Shelter Identification and Selection, Inspection Guidelines, Shelter Administration, Shelter Operations, and Problem Solving.
During the concluding award ceremony, Captain Glenn Mcphee of HMBS Coral Harbour delivered succinct remarks. He extended his congratulations to all the participants for their successful completion of the course. This accomplishment underscores the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s unwavering dedication to the pursuit of excellence. The organization’s commitment to investing in the professional development of its Officers and Marines remains resolute.
(By: Marine Seaman Rickey Sealey/RBDF photos by Marine Seaman Rickey Sealey)