Multi-agency disaster preparedness training held-A A +A
Sunday, June 24, 2012
SIXTY-SEVEN participants from different government agencies in Northern Mindanao completed a 16-day Inter-Agency Search and Rescue Interoperability Training on May 28 to June 13.
It is the first time that such multi-agency disaster preparedness training was conducted in the region using new training modules.
The training was conceptualized after the participating agencies collaborated to join together and assess the need to improve the skill and equipment of rescue personnel in order not to commit the same mistake and expunge the tragic experienced brought about by Tropical Storm “Sendong” in December 2011.
The training was initiated by Colonel Elpidio B. Talja Jr., PAF, group commander of Technical Operations Group, together with other participating government agencies.
It was held to strengthen the disaster preparedness program in the region through the exchange of knowledge and skills in various life saving techniques of the different government emergency responders.
It was held to also assess and do inventory of the different rescue equipment possessed by line government agency responders; to build camaraderie and rapport among rescuers within the area of responsibility; and to be able to establish the Incident Command System (ICS) for a coordinated and efficient incident response.
The inter-agency training was participated by personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection, TOG, Philippine Air Force, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police and Philippine Red Cross Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro chapter.
The training involved basic life support, first aid, rubber boat operations, swift water rescue, high angle rescue, aircraft marshalling helicopter rescue operations and Incident Command System.
Several resource speakers from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Department of Health were also invited during the training for additional inputs on such topics as weather observations, floods and landslides, radio communication protocols and basic life support.
“We will not wait for another disaster to come. We have to prepare now. The training will not end here. Upgraded and proficiency training will also be conducted for our responders. We hope the local government units (LGUs) will benefit and will also conduct their disaster preparedness training. We need a coordinated effort for this humanitarian undertaking,” said Talja.
At the same time, he expressed his gratitude to all the agencies that supported the training. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 25, 2012.