Barbados fire official studies Chandler’s methods
The Arizona Republic
Henderson Patrick, an elite firefighter from Barbados, is taking part in a first-of-a-kind exchange program in Chandler.
For the next month, the 44-year-old Patrick will familiarize himself with Chandler’s latest fire safety devices and train with local firefighters. His goal is to learn firefighting methods used in Chandler and other Southeast Valley cities, then share the skills with “probies” – probational or beginning firefighters – back home.
Patrick is here because his country is prepping all services for next year’s International Cricket Council World Cup matches in Bridgetown. The worldwide event is expected to draw some 50,000 athletes, spectators and tourists. The Fire Department is recruiting and training officers to be ready for the event.
This week Patrick toured Chandler’s training facilities, attended Homeland Security and other emergency training and interviewed administrators about the city’s operations.
So far he said he most admires the teamwork, initiative and communication he has seen throughout Chandler’s fire operations. Dangel said their first impressions of Patrick have been stellar.
“We’ve learned to admire Patrick for the love he has inside for firefighting,” Dangel said.
On Sept. 14, Chandler officials will issue a proclamation in Patrick’s honor. That day he’ll interact with students at the Chandler High School homecoming parade.
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Nice to see the powers that be sending our best to learn from other countries. The Royal Barbados Police Force could also benefit from more exchange programmes, but, alas… policing and public safety are not priorities for the Government of Barbados.
What was that about “Where your money is, so is your heart” ?
Who said that? Anybody know?