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Officers from Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, BVI, Guyana, St Lucia, St. Maarten, St Kitts, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, Nevis, Monserrat, the US Virgin Islands and Dominica commenced the week-long meeting on Monday, December 2-6, 2013.

“This gathering will provide a forum for constructive discussion, exchange of information and shared experiences amongst Chief Fire Officers and leaders of Caribbean Fire & Rescue organizations,” CAFC’s President and Chief of St Croix Rescue, USVI Gregory Richards said.

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The conference provided expert professional advice, leadership research, joint disaster response planning and up to date information on fire science and administration, and also plot the course for the future development of the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs.

Additionally, the Junior Officers Leadership Academy (JOLA) which seeks to jointly train the next generation of leadership in fire services across the Caribbean graduated 40 Junior Fire Officers at the Conference.

Chief Richards, in his address, stated that JOLA has been delivering “unified, standard, fire officer leadership, management, and ICS (Incident Command Systems) training” to Caribbean fire fighters for the past five years. JOLA graduates all received a CAFC specialized JOLA Coin of distinction,  as well as their JOLA Diplomas, and Certificates from the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) based in the United Kingdom.  
   
This training, he said, is rapidly becoming the pathway and standard for identifying, promoting and defining the ranks of our future leaders. “The fact that they train together on the same tested and proven standards is a key reason why fire services across the Caribbean have a reason for a bright hope of the future,” Richards stated. Further, the CAFC rolled out a new leadership training program dubbed  (SOLA) Senior Officers Leadership Academy. SOLA was delivered for the first time as part of the conference, specifically for Fire Chiefs and Deputy Fire Chiefs from across the Caribbean. Richards also complimented the first recipient of the Caribbean Firefighter of the Year Award, Dominican Tony Jno Baptiste. That award was bestowed to Mr Jno Baptiste in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2009. “Chief Dupuis, I think you already know that you have some of the best firefighters in the Caribbean in your department and I think when we bestowed that honor on Mr Jno Baptiste, it was very fitting,” Richards said.

Jno Baptiste copped the award from a field of fifteen other fire officers from across the Caribbean Islands.  “I am delighted and humbled for this honor afforded me as host chief in welcoming you to the Nature Island of the world”. “Your presence here is truly reflective of your commitment either as partner with CAFC, or you as a beneficiary of the training that we will be embarking on this week,” Fire Chief of the Dominica Fire & Ambulance Services, Josiah Dupuis noted. He indicated that the Dominica Fire & Ambulance Services as a small organization with 44% of staff under the age of 30, “this conference will set the tone and impact our officers so that we may be able to produce more and within reasonable time frames”.

The President's Corner

Training Director's Corner

Up Coming Events

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Our Mission

Now in our 11th year of association, the CAFC spans the Caribbean region of island nations and territories, with coordinated operations, joint training and strategic planning for our first responders.  Through standardized practices and optimization of workflow/methodologies, we unite all Caribbean fire services for the common cause of protecting life and property in our communities.

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Dominica (2013 Host Country)

The Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its size is 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) and the highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins, which has an elevation of 1,447 metres (4,747 ft). The Commonwealth of Dominica had a population of 71,293 at the 2011 Census. The capital is Roseau which is located on the leeward side of the island.

Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest hot spring, Boiling Lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal, and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou Parrot (also known as the Imperial Amazon), the island's national bird, is featured on the national flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture.

Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), 3 November 1493. In the hundred years after Columbus's landing, Dominica remained isolated, and even more Caribs settled there after being driven from surrounding islands as European powers entered the region. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to Great Britain in 1763. Great Britain then established a small colony on the island in 1805.

The emancipation of African slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834, and, in 1838, Dominica became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by an African majority. In 1896, the United Kingdom reassumed governmental control of Dominica, turning it into a Crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. On 3 November 1978, Dominica became an independent nation.