Regiment Joins ‘Simulated Bomb Alert’ Exercise

by Lionel Casey

A multi-countrywide undertaking pressure tackled a simulated bomb alert at an inn in St Vincent on the weekend as a part of the principal exercise Tradewinds 2019.

Troops from the Royal Bermuda Regiment joined forces with the Caribbean, the US and French forces on a safety exercising which featured a deserted suitcase leaking fluid in a hotel foyer.

The security group, which evacuated the Blue Lagoon Hotel within the Ratho Mills district of St Vincent & the Grenadines, and bomb disposal specialists were introduced to the scene in an RBR car with a police escort.

A ‘casualty’ from a simulated mass capturing at a sports activities stadium is dealt with by using St Vincentian medical team of workers before she is transported to the health facility.
Private Camille Jones, an RBR signaler who acted as the team’s communications professional, stated: “I’m with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal crew and transmitting what’s occurring to the commanders back at base.”

The 24-year-old financial institution patron offerings assistant from Smith’s Parish introduced: “I’m playing the journey and the adventure. It’s been incredible.

“It’s been first-rate running with all these different countries. I’ve met people from everywhere in the world.”
Pte Jones is a part of the 120-sturdy RBR contingent on phase two of Exercise Tradewinds, a prime safety and disaster relief schooling program with 22 international locations concerned.

Corporal Douglas Caesar of the Royal St Vincent & the Grenadines Police Force, who become most of the first responders to reach at the scene of the bombing exercise on Saturday, said he had participated in the annual Tradewinds workout, run via the USA army’s Southern Command, while it befell in Antigua and Jamaica.

He delivered: “I’m not without delay concerned this time, however, I am aware of it’s a beneficial exercising. You by no means recognize whilst you are probably referred to as on to help your sister international locations.

“It’s training absolutely everyone to at least one preferred so there received’t be any hiccups. It’s additionally constructing bonds of friendship with places like Bermuda.”

Bermudian squaddies joined troops from other countries in response to a state of affairs primarily based around a terrorist mass shooting at a cricket match at the Arnos Vale sports stadium in Arnos Vale.

A sweep of the stadium discovered a “bomb” and RBR infantrymen deployed a cordon across the stadium.

RBR medics set up an emergency triage post and organized to deal with casualties from the incident whilst bomb disposal experts disposed of the device.

RBR Lance Corporal Donavin Trott-Burchall, of Boat Troop, but seconded to B Company for Tradewinds, said: “We’re doing a fringe take a look at, seeking out the suspects – six people in motors.

“I’m enjoying the entire experience. I like touring to new locations and human beings right here are absolutely nice.”

The 26-year-old from Devonshire introduced: “The brilliant thing about the Regiment in which you get to travel, meet new people and you construct lifelong relationships with your fellow soldiers.”

A St Vincentian armed police officer on protecting outdoor the scene of a simulated terrorist gun assault at the Arnos Vale sports activities stadium in St Vincent.

Captain Shaun Richards of the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force, who acted as a part of the Regional Observer Assessment Team, said the exceptional international locations involved had been nevertheless inside the early stages of running collectively.

He brought: “There are matters so one can need to be labored on, however this is a learning revel in.

“I am certain all and sundry concerned is gaining knowledge of plenty and it’s good for all the nations taking component in Tradewinds.”

Edward Rodgers, the United States Southern Command deputy divisional chief for education and sporting events and a former US Marine Corps officer, said after the stadium situation: “Each day each person is getting higher.

“There turned into a few good education these days. They were able to respond in a well-timed way and the casualties have been treated as rapid as feasible.

“It’s a development on the day gone by and we expect extra enhancements as the exercise is going on.”

Tradewinds become designed to construct expanded regional cooperation in complex multinational safety operations, as well as humanitarian assistance and catastrophe reaction work.

Countries taking part encompass Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, France, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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