July 30, 20101205Views

Friday 30th July 2010 – The Department of Disaster Management today awarded 7 persons certificates of completion at the conclusion of its annual two day course in VHF Radiotelephone Operation and Procedures.


The objective of the course was to teach participants how to properly operate the VHF handheld radios, as well as introduce participants to the internationally recognised VHF Radiotelephone operating procedures and practices. The course was also designed to educate participants on the proper radio phraseology, operation and procedures at the basic level.


As a result of completing the course participants should now have the confidence in operating a VHF Radiotelephone under emergency conditions and it is expected that the participants will join the listing of volunteers associated with the Department.


Emergency Communications Officer, Mr. Jasen Penn was pleased with the level of enthusiasm expressed by the participants. He said, “Having a general knowledge of VHF radiotelephone communications and its operation can eventually lead to saving a life, and this excites me.” Mr. Penn also expressed that he hopes the knowledge received would encourage the participants to further explore other areas of communication.


Persons who participated in the VHF Radiotelephone course may also be interested in the advanced training in Amateur Radio Communications where they can learn more about emergency communications and proper communication skills and eventually become a member of the BVI Amateur Radio League (BVIARL).


This year’s participants represented the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services, Mental Health Department, Social Development Department, BVI Red Cross, Elmore Stoutt High School and DDM.


To learn more about the Department of Disaster Management and its functions, telephone the Department of Disaster Management at 468-4200, visit the office at #3 Wailing Road, McNamara, Road Town or the website at