LITTLE BAY – A contingent from the Royal Montserrat Defence Force are on their way to Dominica to help with the emergency there.
According to a statement released by the group, “with the passage of Tropical Storm Erika and coming right after the conclusion of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force annual camp, the Government of Montserrat with the UK Department for International Development support has decided to deploy a contingent from the Force to Dominica. The contingent will carry out disaster relief work and support CDEMA in their work on that island.
“Second Lieutenant Glenroy Foster of the RMDF who is also a Civil Engineer is leading the RMDF contingent of thirteen officers. The contingent is comprised of both male and female and members who are skilled in various trades and in search and rescue having being refreshed in this area at the annual camp which concluded two days ago. The Montserrat troops will be accommodated by the Dominica Police Force while on duty there.”
The assignment is expected to last for one week initially according to the statement. The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo and the Acting Commanding Officer Peter W A White were on hand this morning to see the RMDF contingent off. Also on the trip are a number of police officers who are on compassionate leave and the Honourable David Osborne who would be representing the Government of Montserrat.
Captain White noted that the past four months have been very busy for the force. He added the last time “we had similar deployment overseas was in 2004 when we were deployed to assist the government and people of Grenada after the passing of Hurricane Ivan.”
“On behalf of the Commanding Officer of the RMDF, Captain Alvin E Ryan I wish to assure the people of Montserrat that we will do our country proud and a big thank you to those employers who again at very short notice releases their employees who are members of the force to go on deployment on behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat.”