Barbados Fire Fighter Honoured in Chandler Arizona. Mayor Issues Proclamation.

Barbados fire official studies Chandler’s methods

Eugene Mulero
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.

Read the entire article here.

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?



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2 responses to “Barbados Fire Fighter Honoured in Chandler Arizona. Mayor Issues Proclamation.

  1. Crusty

    According to Google:

    “Where your money is, so is your heart”

    Tom Lane, owner of Welding Dynamics, Norco, California

    on last line of:


    Jesus said:

    “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

    according to:

    Mathew 6:21 and Luke 12:34


    Does it have the same meaning when placed in greater

    Mathew 6:19 ~ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
    where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break
    through and steal:

    6:20 ~ But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
    neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not
    break through nor steal:

    6:21 ~ For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    Luke 33 ~ Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy.
    Make for yourselves purses which don’t grow old, a treasure in
    the heavens that doesn’t fail, where no thief approaches, neither
    moth destroys.

    34 ~ For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


    Isn’t Google such a wonderful invention?

  2. Anonymous

    I am told by a fireman friend of mine that the Barbados Fire Service only got one person that goes on courses which is Henderson Patrick as it seems that the service is only made up of him where course and representation of department is concern. Why not give other people chances to study and advance, there are well educated people in there I am told but every course he goes on. The government should think about getting new management for the service or there is soon going to be trouble because the first strike maybe in the pipeline for them.