JDF returns home after rebuilding efforts in Dominica

Members of the JDF DART team building a bridge in Dominica

The Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that was deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has returned home.

The JDF DART team has been in Dominica assisting in rebuilding efforts for the past 10 weeks.

A release from the JDF on the weekend said its DART team will be establishing a Dominica Disaster Relief Fund on its return.

Lieutenant Colonel Dionne Smalling of the JDF, said the drive is intended to encourage and facilitate members of the public who wish to make donations to assist the people of Dominica.

The JDF deployed its DART team to Dominica on September 26 this year, and it carried out various rebuilding, relief and recovery operations.

These included assisting local security forces with maintaining law and order; logistics support to aid the distribution of food, water, medical and relief supplies; light construction and repair; as well as providing essential medical care to persons in need.

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21 Comments

  1. June
    December 6, 2017

    Thank you thank you JDF you did a great job. I hope our DA police chief and crew took a page from your book. Security was real with you all. Thank God for sending your team to teach ours. . Come again or better yet switch with ours. Fro. The chief go down. Real thing. Drom my heart. De chief kill de country man

  2. jackrabbit
    December 6, 2017

    Thank you yardeee!!!

  3. Yes I
    December 6, 2017

    Thak you JDF. We are grateful for your assistance. I know you made a difference to the security of Dominica. Once again,Thank you and May Godd Bless you.

    • Barbara Saunders
      December 6, 2017

      Thank you JDF. No nonsense folks! Thanks for your sacrifice to be in Dominica getting your hands dirty and being deprived of your usual basic necessities.

      May God bless you and your country. We are all in the Caribbean hurricane belt

  4. Man bites Dogs
    December 5, 2017

    I’m saying thank you to the Jamaica defence force for the helps you guys have given to Dominica, and also i have lots of friends in Ocho Rios that is where my wife from great people lovely island i will be in linsteard spending Christmas once again thank you all Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  5. Shameless
    December 5, 2017

    Thank you very very much to the JDF and people of Jamaica, Job well done and we truly appreciate it. Rest assured that we will NEVER forget those who rushed to our aid in our desperate time of need. Safe journey back to your country, families friends and acquaintances. God Bless.

    Assertive and thankful like LL! 8) 8)

  6. Ready Steady
    December 5, 2017

    Thank you Jamaica for your kind, willingly hearts you gave to us in Dominica. May the lord continue to bless Jamaica. Dominica is blessed and we knows it, everyone came to our aid, and maybe one day we will be able to give back to those who are in need. Although I did not see the country as yet, hopefully I will be their next year, if God allows it. My eyes has been glued to the television as soon as videos began coming in, it is heartbreaking. New Yorkers and other states, Dominicans worked round the clock to help the country. We all begged on our jobs , at our churches and communities to help us with aid in our country. May we all see the hurricane is a sign to respect and cherish one another. to respect the countries that came to our aid and fo rus to continue to strive for a better world for all of us .

  7. By Chance
    December 5, 2017

    Thank you to the JDF and the people of Jamaica for their support during our time of need
    God Bless

  8. Emile Dominique
    December 5, 2017

    Thanks to the people of Jamaica for your kindness. We appreciate your help. ” a friend in time of need is a friend indeed” You will be blessed abundantly for your generosity . Thanks.

  9. PUNJAB
    December 5, 2017

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE SERVICE PROVIDED

  10. kaykay
    December 5, 2017

    Soldier relief done a la Ma Buttacup. nooooooo :(

    :mrgreen:

    All jokes aside, thanks to the JDF for all the work that you have done. God bless.

  11. marie-claire R Skerrit
    December 5, 2017

    So they headed back home to there families after all that extra material activities they had on island. Amm i hope they didn’t conceive anything on island..

    • The life dominica
      December 6, 2017

      Lol, so true, why them thumbs down

      • marie-claire R Skerrit
        December 6, 2017

        Those that singing for there next labour meal that doing that

      • June
        December 6, 2017

        I guess we can’t generalise they were not all having extra marital affairs. We must nit judge even if a few did it but not all. But for real i hope their seeds didn’t stay in DA to cause more home problem

    • glasshouse
      December 6, 2017

      apparently your were part of these activities i hope you did not conceive… shut your negative …. who knows maybe some single soldier may have well fallen in love and hopefully found his future wife.
      Think of it that way and be also grateful that they were here to help rebuild and protect Dominica!!!!

      • marie-claire R Skerrit
        December 6, 2017

        Your mother that was part of those activities @glasshouse. Look at see how many of them your mother had before you try clocking what i do. Thanks and good bye

  12. John Jay
    December 5, 2017

    Thank you JDF but remember the chief wanted you all to stay longer because he has no confidence in his men and women.
    Once again thank the govt of Jamaica for deployment to Dominica

    • glasshouse
      December 6, 2017

      We must still be grateful to our police officers on island, because when the others are gone we are still going to need them to protect and to serve, however there is definitely much needed room for improvement, likewise ourselves too.

  13. December 5, 2017

    Jamaica, I will simply say: Thanks to you for your kindness!

  14. john3 16
    December 5, 2017

    Thank you JDF; maximum respect

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