Regiment readies as hurricane nears island

  • Regiment soldiers get to work in the wake of Hurricane Humberto in September 2019 (Photograph supplied)

    Regiment soldiers get to work in the wake of Hurricane Humberto in September 2019 (Photograph supplied)

  • The RBR Operations Room during Hurricane Humberto (Photograph supplied)

    The RBR Operations Room during Hurricane Humberto (Photograph supplied)

The island’s armed service mobilised yesterday to meet the threat posed by what is expected to be Hurricane Paulette.

More than 80 troops, including three Immediate Response Teams, have been called up from Sunday to bolster the response to the storm.

Major Duncan Simons, the RBR Adjutant, said: “Our mission is to provide immediate response, reassurance patrols, command and control and clear the roads so essential workers and the other emergency services can move freely.”

One IRT team will be based in the East End of the island at the old Nato hangar, with two others at Warwick Camp to cover the central parishes and West End.

Other RBR soldiers will be called up for service with the Bermuda Coastguard to provide security on the water.

Major Simons said the island’s soldiers were ready to respond, despite having just completed its longest embodiment since the Second World War because of the Covid-19 crisis.

He added: “We are able to cope — which underlines the resilience and adaptability of our soldiers. They are extremely committed.

“For many of them, they’re not fully employed at the moment, so it gives them extra work.

“It’s, in many ways, the best second job in Bermuda. They can earn money by performing an invaluable service to the country.”

Major Simons added that the recruit camp scheduled to start on Sunday had been postponed for a week so Warwick Camp could be devoted to the hurricane response.

He said: “Anyone interested in joining the RBR should contact us — there may even be a limited number of places available on the delayed recruit camp.”

Logistics specialists will also be on duty at Warwick Camp to support the soldiers on the ground and the service’s Operations Room will be stood up over the hurricane recovery period.

Major Simons said: “We have many years of experience in dealing with hurricanes and we are sure our soldiers will respond as they always have — with discipline, dedication and a ‘can do’ attitude.”

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Published Sep 12, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 12, 2020 at 8:02 am)

Regiment readies as hurricane nears island

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