#Providenciales, August 26, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service mourns the loss of our dear colleague, friend and Acting Supervisor of the National Emergency Medical Services Mr. Ajahmek Fitz-Henley. Permanent Secretary Mrs. Desiree Lewis expressed her heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Fitz-Henley. Mrs. Lewis said; “He will be remembered for his invaluable contributions in the field of emergency response, I am deeply saddened because he was also at the peak of his career”.
Following the attainment of his Emergency Medical Technician and First Aid Instructor certification in Pre-Hospital Care in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the University of Technology, Jamaica in 2009 and subsequent Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician Instructor in 2010, Ajahmek joined the civil service on September 2012 as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Throughout Ajahmek’s seven-year tenure with the civil service, he has played a significant role as an Emergency Medical Technician Instructor. He assisted in the establishment of the departments’ first local Emergency Medical Technician training program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Agriculture Sports and Human Services and the University of Technology, Jamaica under the direction of then previous Director Delwin Ferguson and Supervisor D’Angelo Francis in May 2014. This course continues to be one of the core courses utilized in building local capacity in the field Emergency Medical Services within the EMS department.
Ajahmek’s passion and contributions in emergency care and response continued as he was a volunteer in numerous multi-sectorial agencies throughout the country, such as the Turks and Caicos Islands Search and Rescue Taskforce and Urban Search and Rescue Team. He was also a Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross Instructor, Mass Casualty Management Instructor, certified 911 dispatcher and Turks and Caicos Islands Fire & Rescue Volunteer Firefighter.
On December 12th 2018, Ajahmek was appointed to the post of Acting Supervisor of the National Emergency Medical Services. In his role as Acting Supervisor of EMS, he had managerial and operational oversight for all EMS Ambulance divisions throughout the islands within the EMS service.
The Hon. Edwin Astwood Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services also expressed his deepest condolences to Mr. Fitz-Henley’s family and the entire health sector, he further stated; “Mr. Fitz-Henley was a key asset to the EMS department and his loss leaves a significant void”.