WEDNESDAY, JULY 25: When Bermuda Regiment Director of Music Dwight Robinson is not keeping his band in tune, he’s at the cutting edge of army life.
For Major Robinson is in charge of the chainsaw detachment — a vital part of the Regiment’s natural disaster preparations.
Maj. Robinson said: “It’s part of our general hurricane preparedness — it’s about helping the island get back to normal as soon as possible.”
As part of the Regiment’s multi-function role, Maj. Robinson runs the training course for recruits to ensure they can use the powerful saws safely and efficiently.
He said: “We’re not going to ask them to do anything they’re not comfortable with or something we don’t believe they would be safe doing.”
Maj. Robinson said that – as a permanent member of the Regiment officer corps – he had flexibility to take on other roles.
But he added his bandsmen and women also lead a double life — with a military role in addition to their ceremonial duties.
Maj. Robinson said: “The soldiers, when they put down their instruments, take up weapons – their job is to ensure the safety and security of Warwick Camp as part of the Regiment’s internal security role.
“The Regiment band don’t do the intensity and volume of training that other soldiers do, but they do arms training and fitness training as well.
“Like the rest of the Regiment, they are always prepared to serve in more than one role if needed.”
Earlier this year, a group of Regiment soldiers successfully completed the chainsaw course, which qualifies them for three years.
The soldiers took a written test and were trained in the maintenance and repair of the tools, with a final practical test in clearing downed trees from a roadway.
The Regiment, in addition to its emergency role at home, has also deployed soldiers abroad to help with hurricane relief in the Caymans, Grenada and Turks & Caicos.
• Anyone interested in joining the Regiment should contact Major Warren Furbert on 238-1045 or email: email@example.com.