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Training Coordinator at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ms Lisa Bowleg (centre) with four of the staff who participated in the active shooter and workplace violence training initiatives and fire safety which were facilitated by the Agency’s training service. Pictured (from left seated) are: Racquel Morrison and Carlianna Johnson-Rahming. Standing (from left to back): Ramesh Poitier and Anton Duncombe. (BRI Photo)



NASSAU, Bahamas – National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) personnel who participated in the Agency’s Active Shooter and Workplace Violence and Fire Safety Certificate courses sing the praises of the Agency at the end of the training.

In-house training was provided by the Agency’s training department headed by Ms. Lisa Bowleg (training coordinator). Ms Bowleg was assisted by Chief Petty Officer Romeiko Burrows, Royal Bahamas Defense Force, attached to NEMA (Active Shooter and Violence in the Workplace). Fire safety training was provided by Chief Petty Officer Burrows, Chief Petty Officer Kenrio Ingraham (Royal Bahamas Defense Force attached to NEMA) and Mr. Reno Williams, all certified fire safety instructors. Twenty-two staff members benefited from the training.

“The instructors did an excellent job. They allowed for a lot of interaction, which made it more personal, interesting and rewarding for participants,” said Ms. Carlianna Johnson-Frazier, Ranking Assistant at NEMA. “I look forward to participating in even more training opportunities for staff members in the future as we continue to grow, not just as a workplace, but as professionals, and integrate everything we learn in society.”

Miss Racquel Morrison, a general service worker at NEMA, said the training was “invaluable”.

“Usually when people hear about training they tend to look at it in a somewhat negative way, especially if they feel that the training doesn’t affect their personal life; that a similar situation may never happen to them. But I tell these people that they should take advantage of every training opportunity because it is better to be prepared for an emergency event and it not to happen than to be unprepared and the event happen,” Miss Morrison said. .

“This training now allows us to be able to help others, to be able to guide others through these types of emergencies if they occur. The course provided us with information that was worth knowing and information that we can all incorporate into our various personal spaces to help keep those spaces as safe as possible.

Ramesh Poitier, a warehouse assistant at the Agency, said the two courses made him “even more aware of the need to be an observant employee”.

“The Active Shooter and Violence in the Workplace session taught us all about the need to be more aware, more understanding of co-workers, and to be more observant in and in the workplace,” he said. declared. “There are times when people may have situations in their personal life that can ripple through the workplace and endanger the safety and security of the workplace if that situation is not handled appropriately. . The Active Shooter and Violence in the Workplace session helped us understand how to better handle these situations as individuals and as members of the NEMA team.

“As an employee assigned to the warehouse department, the fire safety training course was a great opportunity for me to learn about additional protective measures that I can use to keep my home safe. zone and other zones.”

Anton Duncombe, a safety professional with NEMA, said that attending both courses helped him better understand the broader role the safety team plays in helping to not only ensure the safety of the workplace, its employees and guests, but also their safety.

“It was a great course for me as a member of the professional security team here at NEMA, as this additional knowledge will help me help others at an even higher level,” he said. “For example, there are people in our country who don’t like giving security professionals their names, or logging in, when they enter compounds across the country, but it’s a necessary procedure and important not only to ensure that the complex is secure, but also to ensure that the security professional will be able to report to them in the event of an emergency occurring during their visit.

Training coordinator Bowleg said the training on active shooters and workplace violence gave participating staff a better understanding that while they may not be able to prevent whether an active shooting or violence of any kind occurs in the workplace, their home, or their community, there are ways they can help save their lives and the lives of others in the event that they are present if an incident were to occur.

“The importance of training is to help staff become aware and aware that there is a real possibility that we could encounter this level of danger in workplaces, work spaces and also at implement plans to mitigate or reduce loss of life or injury should something of this nature occur,” Ms. Bowleg said.

“As first responders, we understand the level of danger and damage these incidents can cause to families and communities and that individuals can be scarred for life. Our goal is therefore to help our staff members and the public in the Bahamas to become more educated, more aware, and to know that even if they may not be able to prevent an Active Shooter incident or other violence from occurring, there are ways for them to help preserve lives – their own and those of others.

The training was open to internal NEMA personnel in the areas of warehouse, office, administration, support, security, technical, management and logistics.

“NEMA has a mandate to ensure the country is prepared for all aspects of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery,” Chief Petty Officer Burrows said. “We consider it necessary to also include our internal staff in our training modules so that they can also have the necessary knowledge and training.”

Ms Bowleg added: “As with everything we do, we expect the domino effect to be that staff who attend our trainings will use this knowledge and training to help build capacity in their individual homes, their communities and social groups.

“The greatest benefit of the training is that NEMA is committed to involving our staff, and the wider community, in levels of training that will help build awareness and capacity in terms of emergency preparedness. within their workplaces, private homes and individual communities,” Ms Bowleg said.

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