Fire officers hone their skills

The Cayman Islands Fire Service
held a train-the-trainer workshop to brush up on skills of its officers
recently.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rosworth
McLaughllin explained that “Training and development is high on our agenda and
it is an on-going and vital element of our operation.”

Mr. McLaughlin added that training
keeps the officers on the cutting edge, allowing them to maintain a state of
readiness.

According to the Deputy Chief,
practice makes perfect and the service has used a number of training methods
including drills and simulations to help develop staff skills and professionalism.

Last year, the Fire Department held
nine training exercises ranging from report writing and supervisory skills
development, to aerodrome vehicle operation and command and control courses.

Refresher courses on gender
awareness for all staff members in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac are also
underway.

The department has also scheduled
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 to from various ranks to successfully
achieve the first level of City and Guilds certification in foundation teaching
methods.

These include Ernest Barnes,
Richard McLaughlin, Garfield Ritch, Brevon Elliot, Sherman Yates, Mark Hydes,
Brainard McLaughlin, and Duane Tibbetts.

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Fire Officer Brainard McLaughlin (2nd left) makes a presentation while Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Training Officer Paul Rose (left) looks on, with other fire officers.
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