MEMBERS of the Negros Oriental Search and Rescue (Nosar) group are preparing against any calamities that may hit the province.

Nosar group operation chief Boyet Somoza said although Negros Oriental is not so affected by typhoons, it is still hit by flash floods, landslide and manmade calamities like fire. Vehicular accident also needs expert rescuers for proper handling of the victims.

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He, however, admitted that his group cannot answer massive emergencies.

With this, he recognized some local government units' efforts to have their rescue group and emergency equipment.

Other local government units like Bayawan City have their rescue group, equipment and rubber boat.

But he stressed that other mayors are not interested to send their rescue group for trainings.

Nosar is conducting 17-day emergency training for 30 trainees from the town of Sta. Catalina. It will end on Friday.

In their exercises at seawater of Barangay Calo, San Jose, Negros Oriental Thursday morning, the trainees were trained how to assemble the rubber boat, a one-mile swimming, proper first aid and rescue operation.

Jessica Tamayo of Dumaguete City is the only woman among the trainees. She is married and has siblings.

She decided to join the rescue group because she wanted to save the lives of her family and others.

Representative George Arnaiz said he is happy upon knowing that Governor Agustin Perdices continued to support the rescue group in preparation for the possible emergencies.

Arnaiz, who started the rescue group in the province during his term as governor, joined the trainees in refilling the wall of Aqua Center in Dumaguete City.

He said we do not pray for any calamity but whether we like it or not calamity will come. (Victor L. Camion)