Dominican Fire Officer to participate in U.S. government-sponsored leadership program

Donalson Frederick, a fire officer with the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service (left), poses with U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Griesmer before departing on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program

A Dominican fire officer is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Donalson Frederick, an officer with the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service, will take part in a three-week project on “Disaster Preparedness” from February 11 until March 4.

During the program, participants will interact with public, private, academic, and grassroots organizations to learn about best practices in disaster preparedness and management.

They will examine U.S. local, state, and federal approaches to disaster management, emergency preparedness and emergency response; how government, NGOs, community organizers, first responders, and media align in advance their emergency preparedness and response plans; the importance of community-based partnerships and strategies for developing emergency preparedness and response plans; the variety of emergency preparedness and response structures at federal, state, and local levels; current training practices; and the constructive impact of community input.

The program begins on February 11 in Washington, D.C., and includes travel to at least four cities across the United States, including New York, New York; Salt Lake City, Utah; Miami Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana.

The IVLP is the Department of State’s premier, professional exchange program. The program brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn how U.S. experts in that profession operate and to share best practices with the other program candidates who hail from the same region and across the globe.

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  1. Domnichen en tere
    February 13, 2017

    Yes I Fedo. Way to go. I see Tico coming right after you. Good luck; sky’s the limit.

  2. 90210
    February 12, 2017

    Prospective Toastmaster… Amazing opportunity.. Make the best out of it!

  3. Nicholas Gabriel
    February 11, 2017

    Another step in the right direction bro. keep your head up high and us all proud. We await your return with much anticipation as you gather knowledge which i know will make our department and most importantly our Kalinago people proud. Stay focused and represent highly as a true ambassador. Wishing you all the luck you need to be successful. Love and more love Brother continue making us proud as a people and a fellow officer.

  4. WeNiceMan
    February 11, 2017

    Not trying to be a downer here but the comments on here, though well intentioned, seems to make this young man look like he is somehow exceeding his potential. Particularly the comment “WE DO NOT LET WHERE WE COME FROM DETERMINE OUR DESTINY.” I”m sorry but that’s not complimentary. What it is in fact saying is “FOR SOMEONE WHO COMES FROM…”. It”s time we break away from that.

  5. Full Metal Jacket
    February 11, 2017

    Congrats Bro. blessings and good luck in this program. Thank God that you were seconded to the office of Disaster Management so you could get this opportunity, as in the Fire Services it is known that the Kalinago Fire fighters are overlooked and only on rare occasions are they exposed or sent to do any training. Even history can bear me out that it is a known fact that one of the first ever kainago Fire Fighter had to resign to pursue a Refrigeration and Air Condition technician course, then re-apply to get his job back. Take a closer look at the others who were there before you and after you and make them proud. Show them no matter what “WE SHALL RISE AGAIN”

  6. Rootsman
    February 10, 2017

    We in Sineku are particularly proud of you! Continue to let God guide you to the top. Give Him praise and be humble always. Remember where you come from and one day your contributions will elevate the community

  7. Octavia Alfred
    February 10, 2017

    That is what excellence is all about. Make your parents proud because they made an exceptional effort in ensuring that you completed school. Continue to be a model for youth of your community. Congratulation

  8. Say it again
    February 10, 2017


  9. optimist
    February 10, 2017

    Congratulations Mr. Frederick. Remain Positive and keep striving for the best. Gook luck in your training.

  10. February 10, 2017

    way to go brother…keep ur head up..make us proud

  11. Academic
    February 10, 2017

    Congrats my bro on this opportunity to enhance your skill. Make the most of it..

  12. Kalinago Pride
    February 10, 2017

    Congrats Mr. Frederick, way to go, make your Kalinago people proud.

  13. February 10, 2017

    big up kalinago brother! stay safe!

  14. February 10, 2017

    Congratulations Mr. Donalson Frederick. Dominica and Dominicans are proud of you!

  15. only time will tell
    February 10, 2017

    I Don’t know you bro but good lock and go out there do your best for your self family and country Dominica is full of good people GOD bless you keep your head on see you some day bro ONE LOVE

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