Barbados Red Cross Society to introduce new services in 2011
The Barbados Red Cross Society will be introducing new services for the business community and individuals from January 2011. The announcement was made by Director General Edmond Bradshaw in a recent interview in which he recounted the achievements of the Society for 2010 and its plans for the 2011.
Bradshaw stated that though the Society was affected by the downturn in the economy, it was still able to undertake several major initiatives inclusive of disaster preparedness projects in two communities in Barbados. Bradshaw expressed that the Society was able to implement these initiatives through funding that the Red Cross’ Regional Office had received from the European Union Humanitarian Aid Agency (ECHO). “Having received the financial support from the International Federation, we were able to strengthen our human resource capacity and were thus able to conduct in depth Vulnerability & Capacity Assessments (VCA’s) of the vulnerable communities of Charles Rowe Bridge and Martins Bay, provide community based response training as well as basic materials for first response in time of disaster,” stated Bradshaw. “With our enhanced capabilities, we were also able to review our products and services as well as critically examine the needs of the market;” he continued.
“From January 1st, our new suite of services will be available to the public at extremely competitive prices,” commented the Director General. Some of the new offerings will include disaster preparedness training for Business Organizations, First Aid for Day Nursery Attendants and First Aid for Teachers & Coaches.
“Recent unfortunate tragedies suggest that many organizations in Barbados may not be taking fire and disaster prevention seriously or are just not equipped to deal with these situations. So as the global leader in the provision of first aid and disaster preparedness training, the Barbados Red Cross Society will be starting an aggressive outreach programme in January 2011 to encourage organizations to implement proper systems and procedures and train their staff accordingly,” stated Bradshaw. “The services which we will be providing are world-class and our prices will be the most competitive on the market;” concluded Bradshaw.