Errol Maynard, Chief Fire Officer is concerned about the educational system in Barbados.
He told The Barbados Advocate at the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs Conference at Accra Beach Resort that the Fire Service receives a lot of applications, but the issue is that they are not qualified, not even having four CXCs,and then the other stumbling block is passing the drug test, a lot of them fail this test.
However, Dr. Cheryl Weekes, Deputy Principal of the Barbados Community College (BCC) highlighted “that the Barbados Community College has been offering training for the firefighters. We have just recently concluded training in Firefighting one and two and Fire science. The college has been working with the Fire Service to improve their training. We are trying to provide the training that they have a greater number of persons to choose from. We will be working with the Fire Service and also the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs; we recognize that across the region, BCC is perhaps the only institution that is doing the extensive training both for fire and emergency medical technicians…”