120 Regiment Soldiers Help Hurricane Clean Up

September 22, 2019 | 4 Comments

The island’s Royal Bermuda Regiment [RBR] soldiers stood down yesterday [Sept 21] after a major effort to cope with the damage caused by Hurricane Humberto.

Private Ariana Smith, 22, who only joined the Regiment last year, had a baptism of fire on her first hurricane deployment.

Private Smith said, “I knew we would be cleaning up, but not much else. I have enjoyed the togetherness of it all. It’s been very rewarding. The lack of sleep has not been fun, but I would volunteer for this type of effort again.”

Pte Smith, who joined the RBR after a friend in the service convinced her to have a shot at Recruit Camp in 2018, added the pay rates were attractive.

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Private Smith said, “Really it was because I like new challenges and getting to try new things. I was excited to see what new opportunities joining the Regiment would bring – and this was just the latest one.”

She was speaking after 120 Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers fanned out across the island on Thursday to help clear roads and help people whose homes had been damaged by the Category 3 storm, which hit on Wednesday night.

Pte Kyle DeRoza, 22, from Warwick, was part of the hurricane nerve centre at the Bermuda Police Services communications centre at police headquarters in Devonshire and also worked with a team engaged in clean-up operations.”

Private DeRoza said, “The updates came in fast and were processed fast as well.”

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Pte Kyle DeRoza, 22, from Warwick, was part of the hurricane nerve centre at the Bermuda Police Services communications centre at police headquarters in Devonshire and also worked with a team engaged in clean-up operations.

The signals specialist said: “The updates came in fast and were processed fast as well.”

Pte DeRoza, who studied computing at Bermuda College and who joined up in 2017, added he later transferred to a clean-up crew and hit the ground running.

He said: “I am a hands-on person and like having something to do – what is keeping me beyond my minimum service is my pride in helping the island.

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“You can directly help your neighbours and your community in the RBR. You can even help yourself – we have the tools, equipment and training to gain new certifications in trade skills or academics, which give you more job and career opportunities outside of Warwick Camp.”

RBR Adjutant Captain Paolo Odoli, who celebrated his 35th birthday on Tuesday with a call-up to serve through the storm, also worked in the Prospect communications centre.

He said: “It was another magnificent effort by our country’s soldiers, who stepped up to the plate yet again when Bermuda needed them.

“The RBR – and the entire country – should be proud of the men and women who left their own homes to help protect others from harm.”

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Captain Odoli added: “It was hard work and it was stressful – but, as Hurricane Jerry approaches, we will be ready to do it all over again if needed.”

RBR Acting Commanding Officer Major Ben Beasley said: “I am immensely proud of the effort put in by our soldiers on land and at sea.

“The RBR has again proved its capabilities and ability to deal with a crisis, be it at home or overseas.”

While restoration continues to take place from Humberto, the island is keeping a careful watch on Tropical Storm Jerry, which the BWS said is a “threat to Bermuda.” You can view our live updates on Hurricane Humberto and Tropical Storm Jerry here.

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  1. Vida Smith says:

    A big thank you to the Bermuda Regiment for all your hard work in getting Bda. back to normal,lets hope we do okay with Jerry,so you
    all can be back home with your families.

  2. Wahoo says:

    They have been doing a great job including directing traffic at Tynes Bay which was crazy yesterday!

  3. sugra says:

    Awesome support from the RBR… as always!

    Makes this (now long-in-the-tooth) former NCO proud to see the green machine working at its best.

    A suggestion from the last photo… get proper fall arrest gear and make a SO to use it at all times in these situations. Keep those young men and women safe.

    No fear of heights here… but that shot gives me the heebie-jeebies!

  4. Safety First says:

    Thanks to all that helped. Bda Regiment leaders – can you please make sure that safety harness are included and used. 5 mins for safety can save a life.

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