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Capt. Wayne Watts
WAYNE E. WATTS is a Firefighter/Paramedic/Lieutenant with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department assigned to the Fire Suppression Division. He also teaches firefighters, recruits, private sector and the public all aspects of fire suppression at the Jacksonville Regional Fire and Rescue Training Center. Wayne's academic credentials include an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology from Florida Community College, Jacksonville, and a Batchelor's degree in Business/Management from University of Phoenix, Jacksonville Campus. Lieutenant Watts served as a FAVACA fire prevention consultant to the Royal Grenada Police Force Fire Division in 2002, and again in 2003, training 35 individuals in extrication, hazardous materials, arson investigation and aircraft firefighting. In October 2003 Wayne's skills were requested by St. Lucia's National Emergency Management Office to train 30 staff of the Fire Service, Port Authority and Marine Police in handling oil spills and other hazardous materials.
The Bahamas Responds to Emergencies and Disasters
Hurricane Ike passed through the Bahamas in August 2008 and caused millions of dollars worth of damage to the infrastructure of the islands as well as a great deal of physical damage to the local population. The National Emergency Medical Service, which provides all emergency services in the Bahamas, contacted FAVACA to help train emergency personnel on new techniques to drive emergency vehicles during times of disaster as well as methods to evacuate people from an emergency situation in Grand Bahamas and New Providence. Former FAVACA Volunteer of the Year Captain Wayne Watts, a captain from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, agreed to provide the requested training. Watts has provided similar trainings in the past several years but this training expanded on previous trainings by focusing on emergency rescue driving during times of national emergencies. Watts traveled to Nassau, Bahamas to train 10 emergency service personnel and provided the same training to 15 emergency service personnel in Freeport, Bahamas. Watts traveled to the Bahamas from November 25- December 1, 2008.
FLORIDA FIREFIGHTER TRAINS ST. LUCIA'S CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS ON AIRPORT EMERGENCY OPERATIONS. Dawn French, director of the St. Lucia National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) led multiple agencies in a full-scale aircraft crash simulation November 6-9, 2006 at the Hewanorra International Airport. The aim of NEMO is to develop, test and implement adequate measures to protect the population of St. Lucia from physical, social, environmental and economic effects of both natural and man-made disasters. The disaster simulation provided the means for practicing and implementing emergency measures, prevention, mitigation and response action to 500 trainees representing twelve agencies including the Saint Lucia Fire and Emergency Services, Police, Hospitals, Air and Seaports Authority and other agencies tasked with responding to aircraft emergencies. FAVACA volunteer-consultant Capt. Wayne Watts, Green Cove Springs, worked with NEMO to prepare first responders for the exercise with training on disaster preparedness topics including preparing resources for adequate response to major emergencies using the Incident Management System. Capt. Watts was also tasked with serving as Chief Evaluator along with members of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and members of NEMO as well as moderating the after-action critique and preparing an after action report with recommendations for improved response. Captain Watts is assigned to the Florida Regional Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5 which is tasked with Search and Rescue operations ranging from rope and high-angle rescue, confined space rescue, and land searches to structural collapse rescue operations in response to natural and man-made disasters and acts of terrorism. These duties are in addition to his role as a Captain with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
ST. LUCIA FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES MID-LEVEL OFFICERS RECEIVED TRAINING ON AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING. Return volunteer Capt. Wayne Watts, Green Cove Springs, delivered a basic training course on Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) to 50 mid-level officers of the St. Lucia Fire and Emergency Services on July 4-July 8, 2006 at the request of Dawn French, Director of the National Emergency Management Organization in St. Lucia. The trainees received instruction on the various aircraft which landed in St. Lucia and participated on actual hands-on exercises on airport familiarization related to the location of all emergency shutdown switches and firefighting systems. In addition, the mid-level officers received training on conducting basic land searches that included the use of compass, maps and landmarks to plot a search and rescue grid for recovery of persons who are missing both in the urban and wilderness setting. Recently promoted, Captain Watts is now assigned to Florida Regional Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5 which is tasked with Search and Rescue operations ranging from rope and high-angle rescue, confined space rescue, and land searches to structural collapse rescue operations. These duties are in addition to his role as a Captain with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION IN ST. LUCIA RECEIVED FOLLOW-UP FIRE SERVICE TRAINING. Dawn French, Director of the National Emergency Management Organization in St. Lucia requested follow-up fire service training from return volunteer Capt. Wayne Watts, Green Cove Springs. On June 26-28, 2006, Capt. Watts presented a training course to 50 mid-level officers of the St. Lucia Fire and Emergency Services on the use of the Incident Management System (IMS). The system is mandated in the United States for use in all emergency operations; it is also used internationally. The training enabled members of the emergency services to use a standardized approach to the management of all types of events by establishing operations, logistics, planning, and administration and finance divisions to ensure that all possible contingencies were addressed at emergencies and large events such as the upcoming World Cup Cricket matches to be held in the West Indies in 2007. Recently promoted, Captain Watts is now assigned to Florida Regional Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5 which is tasked with Search and Rescue operations ranging from rope and high-angle rescue, confined space rescue, and land searches to structural collapse rescue operations. These duties are in addition to his role as a Captain with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
BAHAMAS NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES RECEIVES ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ON NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE. Paul A. Newbold, Field Director of the Bahamas National Emergency Medical Services (NEMS), requested the return of FAVACA volunteer Captain Wayne Watts to follow-up on training provided during the leadership and management conference held in April 2005. Watts traveled to Nassau December 16-23, 2005 to conduct the training. Following recommendations made during the April 2005 conference, Captain Watts worked closely with key upper, middle and lower management personnel to assess their management and leadership styles, provided hands-on training and made recommendations for improvement where needed. During the week-long training, topics discussed included need for a more consistent training and development of field personnel, development of a more affordable in-house emergency medical technician (EMT) program, better professionalism and enforcement of standards, phasing out driver only personnel and staffing all EMS units with at least two EMT's, and enhancement of the in-service training program. The Public Hospitals Authority faces daunting challenges and additional formal hands-on training and classroom instruction are considered essential. Watts submitted a comprehensive report to the Public Hospitals Authority outlining short and long-term recommendations for improvement and additional training in all areas of the organization. Mr. Paul Neubold (EMS Field Director) regards improving management of the NEMS operation as a very high priority for its continued success, and Dr. Sarah Friday (Medical Director of NEMS) informed that they are already seeing results of previous training: First Responder instructors we trained have already begun training First Responders in the Family Islands throughout the Bahamas. This volunteer mission was made possible in-part by the generosity of the Jimmy Buffett Singing For Change Foundation, Outback Steakhouse, and Carrabba's Italian Grill.
AIRPORT DISASTER SIMULATION CONDUCTED IN ST. LUCIA. Dawn French, director of the St. Lucia National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) led multiple agencies in a full-scale aircraft crash simulation October 25, 2005 at the Charles Municipal Airport. FAVACA veteran volunteer consultant Captain Wayne Watts, Green Cove Springs, worked with NEMO, the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority, St. Lucia Fire Services, the Royal St. Lucia Police Force and the St. Lucia Port Police Force to prepare first responders for the exercise with training in Incident Command Systems. Watts also moderated an after-action briefing to government officials and was given the honor of lighting the faux fire. St. Lucia is being considered for the location of a regional emergency services training academy. Watts traveled to October 16-26, 2005 and training of 91 participants.
MULTI-TASKING FOR BAHAMAS FIRST RESPONDERS. Paul Newbold, Field Director with the National Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) appreciates the value of on-going, diversified in-service training, and the effectiveness colleagues bring to learning in the first-responder business. May 22-28, 2005, Newbold hosted Captain Wayne Watts, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue who provided technical assistance to five emergency response personnel in vehicle operation, pharmacology, strengthening management, and enhancing leadership skills. This volunteer mission was made possible in-part by the generosity of the Jimmy Buffett Singing For Change Foundation, OUTBACK Steakhouse®, and CARRABBA'S Italian Grill.
BAHAMAS EXPANDS REACH OF FIRST RESPONDERS. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas consists of hundreds of islands and unihabited keys spread across miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Many of the smaller islands such as Exuma, Andros and Eluthera are sparsely populated by small fishing villages. This presents challenges for the National Emergency Medical Services based in Nassauin responding to medical emergencies. It is impractical to have trained professionals in every location but necessary to have a minimal level of pre-hospital emergency services available. In response Paul Newbold, field director of the National Emergency Medical Services in the Public Health Authority, approached FAVACA for assistance. The Public Health Authority set a goal of training 10 Medical First Responder (MFR) Instructors to provide training in basic life support to more far flung communities. Firefighter/EMT and veteran volunteer Captain Wayne Watts, Green Cove Springs, conducted the training in Nassau November 21-28, 2004. Watts is a certified EMT instructor in Florida and provided a 40 hour course to equip the 17 participants with the necessary training techniques. To reach the ultimate goal of training 600 new MFRs, the participants have been tasked with training a minimum of 40 first responders within a year. Watts and Newbold also discussed future refresher training; the establishment of first responder standards for the Bahamas; and possible equipment donations.
FLORIDA FIREFIGHTER TARGETS ST. LUCIA CRISIS RESPONSE. Dawn French, director of the St. Lucia National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) led multiple agencies in a full-scale aircraft crash simulation October 20, 2004 at the Hewanorra International Airport. FAVACA volunteer-consultant Lt. Wayne Watts, Green Cove Springs, worked with NEMO, the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority, St. Lucia Fire Services, the Royal St. Lucia Police Force and the St. Lucia Port Police Force to prepare first responders for the exercise with training in Incident Command Systems. Watts, a veteran volunteer, also moderated an after-action briefing to government officials including the Prime Minister and British High Commissioner. Over 200 volunteers, including school children, served as simulated victims. Watts was given the honor of lighting the faux fire. He traveled to St. Lucia October 17-21, 2004. The Ports Authority provided assistance on local expenses.
FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINED IN DOMINICA. Cecil Shillingford, Director in the Office of Disaster Management in Dominica, requested training for First Responders. Volunteer of the Year award recipient Lt. Wayne Watts, Green Cove Springs, traveled to Dominica to provide this training June 13-19, 2004. Watts is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Fire Suppression Division of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He trained 27 participants from a variety of agencies including the Red Cross, the Dominica Fire and Emergency Services, hospitals, the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force and St. John's Ambulance Service. Watts covered the Medical First Responder Course of the American Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons. Topics included wellness of the first responder, medical emergency recognition and treatment protocols, trauma assessment and treatment protocols, childbirth, environmental emergencies, CPR, and a comprehensive one-day, hands-on skills workshop. The skills will help local emergency medical technicians better respond to emergencies. Watts recommended future training of local instructors to build on the skills of the local first responders.
ST. LUCIA FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINED TO HANDLE OIL SPILLS - HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. As the world is becoming more aware of the ramifications of bio-terrorism, preparedness and response have become an utmost concern. Countries need to be prepared for the worst if it were to happen. Dawn French, director for the National Emergency Management Office in St. Lucia, requested preparedness, mitigation and response training for first responders to handle oil spills and hazardous materials (HazMat) incidents. Veteran volunteer consultant Lieutenant Wayne Watts, Jr., Firefighter/Paramedic with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department conducted the training September 27 - October 12, 2003. This training, sponsored in part by the World Bank, aimed to upgrade participant's skills in responding to HazMat and Oil Spill disasters. Topics included the potential impacts to the environment and national economy, planning, personal protection equipment and the incident command system. The training was repeated in two locations to reach officials in the north and south. A total of thirty officials representing the Fire Service, Marine Police, and the Port Authority received the training. Watts also consulted with French and Mr. Saltibus, chairman of the Oil Spill Planning Committee, on the National Oil Response Plan.
FIRE PREVENTION TRAINING IN GRENADA. As follow-up to training in April 2002, Sergeant Glenroy Corian with the Grenada Fire Department requested FAVACA volunteer Lt. Wayne E. Watts, Jr. to return to Grenada January 4-19, 2003 to train the Fire Brigade and the Royal Grenada Police Force Fire Division in plan review, storage, handling and use of other hazardous materials, fire hazard recognition, and follow-up to the training received in April. Watts, of Green Cove Springs, is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. Lt. Watts conducted training workshops for over 20 participants.
GRENADA ROYAL POLICE FORCE RECEIVE TRAINING IN FIRE PREVENTION. At the request of the National Disaster Office Coordinator, Ms. Joyce Thomas, FAVA/CA volunteer Lt. Wayne E. Watts, Jr. traveled to Grenada to provide training to the Royal Grenada Police Force (Fire Division). Watts, of Green Cove Springs, is a Lieutenant/Firefighter/Paramedic with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He trained 35 firefighters in basic firefighting, extrication, hazardous materials, arson investigation, fire prevention, public education, and aircraft firefighting. The training took place April 21-28, 2002.
ST. LUCIA FIRE DEPARTMENT TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN SKILLS. In October 2003, volunteer Wayne Watts, Jr., Lieutenant, Firefighter/Paramedic with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department provided training in oil spills and hazardous materials to a group of firefighters and disaster coordinators. Officer Lambert Charles, St. Lucia Fire Department requested training for firefighters in improving their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) skills. The Fire Department operates an ambulance service throughout the island. Firefighters need to upgrade their EMT skills and there is lack of expertise on the island.