No promotion without training, warns AG

The days of fire officers being promoted based strictly on years of service are coming to an end, according to Attorney General Adriel Braithwaite.

And the island’s top legal adviser warned at Friday afternoon’s reopening of the Arch Hall Fire Station and Barbados Fire Academy that seniority would not guarantee a rise through the ranks.

“The emphasis is on training of all fire officers. When I speak to young fire officers, they complain that there is reluctance on the part of the seniors to do the training but yet they want to be promoted. Now you would appreciate that somewhere down the line that there must be a relationship between your ability to execute the job and your ability to be promoted,” Brathwaite said.

The Attorney General explained that modern advancements within the service were moving at a rapid rate and the role of a firefighter must evolve to keep up with the changing demands.

However in order to take advantage of the innovations there must be a willingness by all officer to retool their skillset, Brathwaite stressed.

“We cant have a situation where our senior guys are here and saying they can’t respond to an event because ‘we don’t know how to use the equipment or we are not fit enough to execute certain duties’. So the training will be for all officers and expect it would be continuous and it would be counted in terms of analysis and it will not a question of seniority, it will be a question of your ability to execute your job. It is not about ‘I came first into the fire service and therefore I should be Fire Chief,’” he added.

Government in 2009 decided to extend the Arch Hall Fire Station to provide training facilities for recruits, as well as continuous in-service training of staff in the Fire Service Department. Work on the project commenced in 2014.

15 Responses to No promotion without training, warns AG

  1. jrsmith May 20, 2017 at 5:55 am

    This man is a real jackass, this is the man who doesn’t understand his job title, could anyone remember anything this (AG) has done since in office , this is not the statement to be made in public, never…………………………………………………………………………..

  2. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman May 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I hope it applies to everyone..hmm

  3. RaRaRa May 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Fear not JrSmith, 2018 will soon be here, his arrogance and stupidity would be a thing of the past when those clowns will be thrown out of office. The unfortunate thing is that the other set of jokers who taking over are no different. Barbadians are long living under the delusion that we have two main political parties when it’s only one with two different names. That’s all

  4. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen May 20, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Mr Brathwaite please take ya seat,you have done enough damage already.when ever ya open that hole in ya face its in replaceable damages by attorney general.This is cause by talking with out thinking.Remember lord evil episode.?And take ya hand down.

  5. Frank White May 20, 2017 at 8:48 am

    If anyone has really studied the Hegelian principle, it would lead you to a strategy that is commonly used by the white community. This same strategy, not the Hegelian principle in this case, is being used her by the DLP. They want to cut expenditure, which is fine, and one of the solutions is to cut staff but with an election around the corner, it would be political suicide to do so at this time. Solution, attack each governmental department with the qualifications rhetoric which will go down alot easier and more understandable with the public. By doing this, they would achieve the same results they wanted and not loose favour with the public. These politicians are taking you for a ride. This is what the so called white private sector does when a so called white man or woman comes in to head an organization and it works everytime.

    This is why they are called governmental, they govern your mental, tells you what to think and how to think but not to think…

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      You are a smart fellow. The truth is what the AG is saying was needed in the public service eons ago. He may be dumb regarding his job, but he is right concerning this new approach even if it is a mere tactic and political strategy. This was suppose to be done under the Public Sector Reform Initiative and subsequently with the advent of the Qualifications Order in 2007 I think. However, the problem that permeated these two change devices from seeing is greatest potential is that the recruitment process is still in the hands of politicians and promotional opportunities are still consistently influence by ministers. good points!

  6. Alex Alleyne May 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

    What training you had for your JOB ??????

    • Mark My Word May 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Training as a Lawyer, fool Bert

  7. Bajan First May 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    We need to have men who are familiar with the latest methods involved in firefighting

  8. Ginger May 20, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    He is an accomplished attorney-at-law which qualifies him for the position he holds as the chief legal officer of the country. Anywhere else in the world, a person has to be academically qualified or suitably trained in his/her field in order to be promoted, why not in Barbados? Does a fast order cook become a chef without the requisite training? Wake up people…don’t paint every decision with the political brush.

    • hcalndre May 21, 2017 at 1:29 am

      @Ginger: An accomplished attorney at law in Barbados? and only Barbados, you better ask the clients that had dealings with them what are their accomplishments? especially the ones that live outside of Barbados and the returning nationals.

  9. hcalndre May 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    It never surprises me when these Political Imbeciles speak. They started it with the position that was held by the Union leader Mc Dowal and they will soon be doing it across the board. I can`t believe a fire fighter would say that he is to fat to climb a ladder or he/she can`t used a piece of equipment when all should be trained to used it as it becomes available. How much equipment do a bajan fire fighters carry on them anyway? do they go into burning buildings to search for anyone? Majority of times when they get to a fire, 2 or 3 homes are already burnt down and all they do is put water on the other houses to prevent whole neighborhood from burning if they can reach them in the alleyways. Hydrants should be above the ground where they can be easily recognized instead of on the surface and among the bushes. I doubt the fire fighter can find any of them whether day or night. they ask the residents where they are? How much weight of equipment do Barbados fire fighters carry on them anyway?

  10. Donild Trimp May 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I agree with the AG one hundred percent.

    The entitlement mentality in Barbados must be eradicated in order for Barbados to move forward.

    Too much dead weight hindering progress throughout the entire workforce in Barbados.

    To gain promotion, a person should be up to date with the changes pertaining to their profession. It is called “continuing education” or “continuing education for professional” and is the standard in all progressive countries around the world.

    Only backward people in backward countries scoff at the idea of bringing their knowledge and skills up to date with the changes pertaining their profession.

    You are doing the right thing Mr AG. Keep up the good work.

    • Coralita May 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Well said Donild Trimp!!! This is a ‘hit the nail on the head moment’.

  11. Coralita May 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Some real jackass comments in here though, is this the donkey derby? How the hell do you get promoted, by sitting down, not training, not doing refresher courses, not pursuing higher learning?

    If person A has eight years and person B has five but person B has done all the required training, retooled, him/her self, why the so and so should person A be promoted over person B when person A did nothing?

    The Attorney General is correct. If you want to be considered for promotion get up off your lazy arse and retrain, retool, upgrade your skills. Fire fighters don’t only put out fires, they are called upon to assist in other situations. Imagine a fire officer who cannot use the Jaws of Life equipment but he was promoted over others who took the time to constantly upgrade their skills, keep fit and can use all the equipment, has the management and technical skills necessary. However, the blasted square peg in de proverbial round hole who can’t do nain is to be promoted? I say hell no!!!

    Why every got darn thing must be political, the man is giving the correct advise. The is why there have so many untrained people in the public service and recently when they considered changing the hiring rules that is why so many of them said they will be disadvantaged because all the years they sat and did absolutely nothing to upgrade themselves.

    Men and women of the Barbados Fire Service, take the foolish advice from the Attorney General and extend your knowledge as required. When you have knowledge not one single person can take it from you and when doors are open because of said knowledge you can walk through.


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