The Treasure Beach Response Unit (TBERU)
A brand new ambulance was handed over to Treasure Beach by the Chairman of the NCB Foundation Mr Michael Lee Chin on the 27th June 2012. Breds will continue to manage this much needed resource.
In September 2002, we hosted fourteen doctors from New York City's Bellevue Hospital who trained 27 volunteers to be the first wholly volunteer first responder unit in Jamaica; the Treasure Beach Emergency Response Unit (TBERU) was launched Dec 16, 2002 and has four volunteers on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Volunteers are trained to respond to water rescue, heart attacks, CPR, burn victims, strokes, choking and vehicle accidents. In 2003, TBERU in conjunction with Breds and the International Society for Emergency Care bought an ambulance.
BREDS is seeking additional funding $50 million Jamaican approximately to continue the work recently started and to expand with two additional Ambulance's to cover a wider geographical area in South East St Elizabeth, Jamaica West Indies.
It is well known that St Elizabeth has experienced more fatalities through motor vehicle accidents than any other parish in Jamaica. It is therefore imperative that we seek to provide the needed medical assistance to help when these emergency situations arise. The additional ambulances will continue the work recently started and assist in covering a wider geographical area in South East St Elizabeth.
The money will enhance the infrastructure, through better staffing arrangements, equipment, spare vehicles, rental of premises to house the ambulances and the running cost to provide first class pre- hospital care by the Treasure Beach Emergency Response Unit (TBERU).
Over the past four years, the International Society for Emergency Care (ISEC), in direct partnership with the BREDS Chairman Jason Henzell, has made a significant impact on the quality of pre-hospital care in Treasure Beach and the surrounding communities through the development of the Treasure Beach Emergency Response Unit (TBERU). The funding from this organisation ceased when they provided the First Ambulance and the relevant equipment and training for ambulance Staff. The work that we have accomplished through that initiative has been tremendous:
- Approximately 100 people have been trained in adult and infant CPR.
- Approximately 30 people have been trained in water rescue skills.
- There are close to 50 volunteers certified in standard first aid skills, spinal immobilization techniques, and motor vehicle collision extrication.
- We have recruited a Practice Nurse who serves as an Ambulance Attendant between the hours of 09.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday.
- There is a core-group of volunteers on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to staff the TBERU ambulance and respond to emergency calls.
- We have raised funds, procured and equipped a Toyota HiAce ambulance for the community, and have established an emergency telephone system and number that is publicized throughout the area.
- We have partnered with and conducted training exercises with the Jamaican Defense Force (JDF).
- We have donated extensive and significant medical supplies and equipment, including three Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to TBERU and The Accident & Emergency Department at Black River Hospital.
- We have publicized our efforts, always promoting the help of organizations that have contributed to our work, such as Air Jamaica and Food for the Poor.
- We have conducted coastal health surveys to assess the incidence of drowning and near-drowning in the community.
- We have presented our work at international medical conferences.
- We have donated school supplies to schools in the area.
Toward that end, we are eager to continue our efforts and would like to pursue the following course of action which we feel will be sustainable, beneficial and appropriate:
- Control Centre for receiving emergency calls with modern telecommunication systems for St Elizabeth in liaison with the Police, Fire Service and Sea & Air Rescue Services.
- Continued training of core TBERU volunteers in Treasure Beach.
- Replicate the volunteer training in other communities, in St Elizabeth.
- Develop a partnership with the Accident & Emergency Departments at Black River Hospital and Mandeville Hospital to improve the quality of emergency care, and to work with and to help train young Jamaican doctors in emergency medicine.
- Purchase or obtain two new ambulances to supplement the need in adjoining areas of Black River and Junction, St Elizabeth.
- Equip and staff the ambulances by trained Technicians and (Future Paramedics) who are paid full time to provide the necessary care required and expected.
Contact details for future funding:
c/o Jake's Holdings Limited
Calabash Bay PA
Telephone Number 001876 564 9024
Jake's Fax Number 001876 965 0552
Mobile Number: 001876 546 9450