Thirty-one participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services are taking part in the annual CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) training.

The training is being held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit and the headquarters of the Regional Security System (RSS) in Barbados from May 29 – June 2, 2017.

The CDRU is a specialized humanitarian response team equipped to provide assistance to any of the 18 CDEMA participating states, affected by natural or technological hazard.

Members of the disciplined forces have been tasked to be bold, courageous and innovative in harnessing the capabilities required to respond.

CDEMA’s executive director, Ronald Jackson said there remains a challenge to the Caribbean Community in tackling the humanitarian needs after disaster events, which further underscores the need for a coordinated unit to facilitate response and relief efforts.

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