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  • The island’s first batch of specially trained emergency telecommunication operators, who will provide critical communications support during disasters, graduated on Thursday, (August 21) during a ceremony held at the Scouts Association of Jamaica Headquarters on Camp Road in Kingston.
  • Emergency telecommunication operators are relied on for sharing on the ground reports, orchestrating deployment of rescue and response services in the event of a disaster.
  • Senior Telecommunications Engineer at ODPEM, Ruel Corniffe noted that persons trained under the programme will be able to provide assistance to emergency response organizers as well as provide support to the national emergency operations centre.

The island’s first batch of specially trained emergency telecommunication operators, who will provide critical communications support during disasters,  graduated on Thursday, (August 21) during a ceremony held at the Scouts Association of Jamaica Headquarters on Camp Road in Kingston.

They were trained under the Emergency Telecommunications and Amateur Radio Communication training programme designed by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) with the support from HelpAge International.

Emergency telecommunication operators are relied on for sharing on the ground reports, orchestrating deployment of rescue and response services in the event of a disaster.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, who attended the graduation ceremony commended the participants, noting that they have an important role to play.

“You will be the critical eyes in ODPEM’s strategic effort to ensure that community, and national emergency and preparedness recovery occur at maximum efficiency,” he said.

Senior Telecommunications Engineer at ODPEM, Ruel Corniffe noted that persons trained under the programme will be able to provide assistance to emergency response organizers as well as provide support to the national emergency operations centre.

He informed that the training was mainly focused on persons in the eastern parishes of Jamaica such as St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary.

The Emergency Telecommunications and Amateur Radio Communication training programme is being implemented as part of the National Emergency Affiliated Radio Service, which is designed to strengthen Jamaica’s existing emergency communication capacities, focusing on effectively establishing and maintaining disaster emergency communication capacities that could extend to the wider Caribbean.