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Maintaining a Cutting Edge

Fire Officer Brainard McLaughlin (2nd left) makes a presentation during a recent Cayman Islands Fire Service train-the-trainer workshop. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Officer Paul Rose (left) is among those looking on.

Should you ever be trapped in a fire or an accident, the familiar fire engine wail will likely bring assurance and hope for survival. And while fires and other major accidents are not a daily occurrence, ensuring that our fire-fighters are ready to respond, is.

During a recent Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) train-the-trainer workshop, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rosworth McLaughlin explained, "Training and Development is high on our agenda. It is an on-going and vital element of our operation."

He continued, "Training keeps our officers on the cutting edge, allowing them to maintain a state of readiness."

Adding that practice makes perfect, he said the service used a number of training methods including drills and simulations to help develop staff skills and professionalism. "Last year alone we had nine training exercises ranging from report writing and supervisory skills development, to aerodrome vehicle operation and command and control courses," he said.

"Refresher courses on gender awareness, for all staff members in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac are also ongoing. And we've scheduled train-the-trainer CPR certification courses for this year, as well as recertification courses in the use and repair of breathing apparatus."

Presented by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Officer Paul Rose, the latest train-the-trainer workshop allowed eight fire officers, from various ranks, to successfully achieve the first level of City and Guilds certification in foundation teaching methods.

Ernest Barnes, Richard McLaughlin, Garfield Ritch, Brevon Elliott, Sherman Yates, Mark Hydes, Brainard McLaughlin and Duane Tibbetts bring to 11 the total number of certified CI Fire Service trainers.

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Sidebar: CI Fire Service 2009 Courses

Fire officers participated in nine training exercises throughout 2009. Participating officers were as follows:

Overseas Command & Control

Craig McCoy

Kennedy Douglas

Introduction to Computers

Oscar Rivers

Carson Ebanks

Milford McCoy

Gilbert Rankin

McKenzie Robinson

Supervisor Initial

Curtis Solomon

Rodney Rivers

Larue Nixon

Garfield Ritch

Basic Report Writing (Course one)

Tina Choy

Clay Ebanks

Duane Tibbetts

Mark Hydes

Michael Ebanks

Gilbert Rankin

Laure Nixon

Curtis Solomon

Mississippi Fire Officer One & Two

Brainard McLaughlin

Lincoln Ebanks

James Dixon

Stanford Watson

Mitchell Connor

Arden Rivers

Colbert Miller

Kirk Watson

Basic Report Writing (Course Two)

Ricardo Charlton

Erik Rankine

Brevon Elliott

Rodney Rivers

McKenzie Robinson

Brainard McLaughlin

Carson Ebanks

Norman Stewart

Ernest Barnes

Fire Prevention Origin & Cause

Johnny Bodden

Tina Choy

Introduction to Leadership (ILM)

John Christian

McKenzie Robinson

Ernest Barnes

Brainard McLaughlin

Rodney Rivers

Percival Whorms

Fire officers also completed the following two courses since January 2010.

Introduction to Leadership (ILM)

Ricardo Charlton

Carson McField

Aerodrome Vehicle Operator Permit

Ernest Barnes

Curtis Solomon

Johnny Bodden

Larue Nixon

McKenzie Robinson

Rodney Rivers

Brevon Elliott

Pernell Bodden

Carson McField

Marlon Goddard

Antonio McLaughlin

Morris Martin

Jeremy Powery

Randy Hodgson

Vince McElroy

Joe Smith

Source: Cayman Islands Fire Service

For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan