A six-day search and rescue training was conducted by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for the first responders of the Narra local government unit (LGU) emergency response team as part of their continuing skills enhancement proficiency.
The training was done on May 7-12, and most of the participants were municipal government employees who volunteered to become first responders.
Senior Fire Officer 3 Rico Pagmanoja of the BFP said the LGU emergency response team composed of 28 employees needs to be trained continuously as its role is vital in times of emergencies.
“Karamihan ng mga miyembro ng team ay mga regular employees ng LGU kasi ayaw ni Mayor (Lucena) Demaala na pabago-bago ng tao ang member ng response team,” he said Wednesday to Palawan News.
Pagmanoja said the trainees were taught about proper procedures in search and rescue, the use of spine boards, ropes, carabiners, and other rescue equipment in the municipality’s disaster risk reduction and management office (MDRRMO).
He further explained that even barangay-based rescuers were encouraged to equip the community with local-based first responders.
“Intensive yung ginawang training para sa kahandaaan ng local response team nila kaya umabot ito ng six days,” he explained.