[12 August 2014] Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), in partnership with the city government of San Pedro, has organized a training program for key personnel involved in emergency response, including rescue operations, during disasters and emergencies.
Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), in partnership with the city government of San Pedro, has organized a training program for key personnel involved in emergency response, including rescue operations, during disasters and emergencies.
The week-long Emergency First Responders’ Course 101 held from August 11 to 15 was participated in by the local government unit’s disaster risk reduction and management officers, as well as city and barangay first responders. Responding personnel from private institutions also attended the course.
“We have been building the capacities of individuals, households, barangays, LGUs, and even city and provincial governments to prepare for disasters. This time, we are enabling teams that undertake rescue and response to have the basic skills needed to be effective in their tasks to save lives,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs Group at Smart.
At the end of the course, participants would have acquired knowledge and skills in Emergency Response such as First Aid, Basic Life Support, Basic Monitoring, Basic Trauma Management, Rope Technician, and Basic Safety Water Operations. The course program develops skills that an emergency first responder must acquire in order to effectively and safely offer help, care, and service during emergency situations.
The course framework includes learning blocks on the following: Anatomy; Basic Medical, Psychiatric, and Environmental Emergencies; Basic Life Support, and Basic Monitoring; Basic Trauma Management; and Rope Technician 1; and Incident Command System, Mass Casualty Incidents, and Triage.
Participants were also asked to demonstrate skills in disaster first response via drills and simulation.
Smart has tapped the Center for Disaster and Emergency Management (CDEM), an expert in the field of emergency response as course lecturer and trainer for the course. This initiative is part of a consolidated effort to help make the Philippines more resilient to disasters.