Ifugao disaster action officers train as emergency responders

LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 27 (PIA)- - A total of 24 Disaster Action Officers of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (MDRRMO) completed their 5-day training on emergency response at the Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park in Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya from June 19-23.


The training was conducted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to improve the skills of responders during disasters and emergencies in line with its mission and vision to save lives and properties

The pool of trainers led by Dr. Lorna Baga of the Banaue Responders Team (BRT) include Christine Joy Dumangeng of Rescue 26 Mountain Province, MDRRMO of Lamut Juniper Ngannoy, Nurse Ramil Licyayo of Kiangan, Julius Dogwe also of the BRT and Bureau of Fire Protection  personnel, FO3 Jeff Christian Jamias, FO2 Percival Umhao and FO2 Elizer Librado.

The participants were given lectures on the different modules of Basic Life Support (BLS) such as the Principles of Emergency Care, Introduction to Basic Life Support, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR for adults, children and infants and Foreign Body Airway Obstruction Management also for adults and infants which were followed by the demonstration of the trainers in applying them properly.

They were also taught on  bandaging of all sorts of wounds and injuries using the triangular and elastic bandages, splinting of fractures, basic ropemanship and knot tying, rappelling, extrication of victims in different kinds of accidents or disasters by applying the BLS and spine board, the various techniques of carrying the victims and the Mass Casualty Incident Management of victims utilizing the Triage or the quick identification and assessment of victims in need of immediate stabilization, life-saving measures and surgery.

The trainers also discussed how to get started during emergencies like planning, provision of logistics, initial response, instruction to by-standers, the 5 Emergency Action Principles that involves surveying the scene for safety to the responders, initial assessment of the victim, activating medical assistance, secondary assessment of the victim and referral for further evaluation and management and the Do’s and Don’t or golden rules in giving emergency care.

The trainees had hands  on  demonstration of the different life saving techniques thru  actual application or  by simulation drills  that were closely monitored and supervised by the trainers.

Baga stressed to the participants the imperative of organizing, institutionalizing and capacitating an Emergency Responders Team in all the local disaster councils,  which should be a challenge to everybody in order to be able to save lives and properties during disasters and calamities. Daniel B. Codamon(JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)


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