Caribbean RRT Support Fire Department Twice in 1 Month
Did you know the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) are also active in their support of emergency services in Barbados?
On Friday 15th March, a major fire started at a warehouse complex at Oldbury, St Philip, at approximately 6:00pm.
Fire crews from Bridgetown, Weston and Arch Hall were called in to fight the blaze, and as they did, the RRT swung into action, setting up tents and tables to provide welcome refreshment to all the emergency workers in the form of snacks, water and energy drinks.
The fire was not quickly put out, and as the firefighters continued the battle the RRT continued their around the clock support. While the fire burned over the weekend the fire fighters enjoyed the meals provided free of charge to them. They also appreciated the continuous supply of drinks and snacks.
Unfortunately, 9 of the 12 warehouses which caught fire were completely destroyed, and the fire was only completely extinguished by the evening of Sunday 17th March 2013.
The RRT received thanks from all the members of the emergency services and the Fire Chief conveyed his thanks: “What you guys have done has blown us away! We look forward to your further support.”
It was only a week later, Monday the 25th of March that a second major fire occurred in Barbados. Just before mid-day a recycling complex at Cane Garden, St Thomas, went up in flames. The dense billowing smoke in the region meant that many residents, businesses and schools downwind from the recycling complex had to be evacuated. The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) had all agencies on alert including nearby health care institutions for possible asthma attacks etc.
The blaze, which was fueled by old cars and tyres yet to be recycled, raged on for 12 hours. As this was not a conventional fire, the fire department commissioned trucks from a nearby construction firm to supply topsoil to be used to smother the fire. The fire fighters would then proceed to cool the mud with water.
Again, the RRT attended the firefighting base and set up tents and tables with snacks and drinks to keep the energy levels of the fire fighters up. As the night fell, the RRT also provided meals to the emergency services people. The team of fire fighters welcomed their support, which continued through the night, and a letter of thanks from the fire department has encouraged the team to continue their support when the need arises.