Sunday, August 25, 2019

Central Luzon disaster council approves search, rescue course

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A standard training course for search and rescue can soon be availed by paramedics, rescuers and other first responders in Central Luzon.

This after the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-Central Luzon passed a resolution adopting the said proposed practice in Central Luzon.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and RDRRMC-Central Luzon Chairperson Marlou L. Salazar cited the need to establish a standard in the conduct of all Search and Rescue (SAR) trainings.

“This is ensure synchronization and institutionalization of our efforts, protocols and procedures that will serve as basis for the next higher level learning and to attune the changing environment,” she said.

She disclosed that the course design was formulated by the different line agencies with technical expertise in SAR trainings, and is aligned with the priority thrusts of Republic Act 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and the National Disaster Response Plan.

“It consists of six modules namely General Knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management-Climate Change Adaptation to be facilitated by OCD, Basic Health and Emergency Management to be facilitated by Department of Health), and Mountainous and Rugged Terrain Search and Rescue Operations to be facilitated by Army 7thInfantry Division,” she said.

Salazar said that the course will also include Water Search and Rescue Operation to be facilitated by Philippine Coast Guard, Collapsed Structure Building Search and Rescue and Basic Fire Fighting to be facilitated by Bureau of Fire Protection, and Orientation on Air Search and Rescue Operation to be facilitated by 505th Search and Rescue Group of the Philippine Air Force.


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