Pampanga rescue teams showcase life-saving skills
Rescue teams from 21 municipalities and cities in Pampanga together with their mayors and representatives assembled to showcase their life-saving skills at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando City in the first ever First Aid and Basic Life Support Olympics.
The activity began with the lighting of the “Olympic torch,” as municipal and city disaster risk reduction and management officers engaged in various life-saving exercises such as adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation with automated external defibrillator, bandaging relay, lifting and moving relay, situational analysis and application.
The magnitude 7.3 earthquake in Lagangilang, Abra which was felt in the province, served even as an impetus for the rescuers to strive harder in their life- saving efforts, officials said.
From the BZG convention center, PDRRM officer Angelina Blanco managed to coordinate with the DRRM officers in assessing the situation in their localities.
“It is a good thing that we have well-trained employees and we are ready to keep o r community safe in the event of actual disasters,” Blanco said, underscoring the value of focusing on preparedness to lessen the impact of forthcoming disasters to quickly respond in any given situation.
Roberto Manalo of the Office of Civil Defense-Region 3 noted that preparedness should start at home and within every individual: “We should also train our families to avoid further harm and upkeep their safety even when we are not together.”
The first ever PDRRM Olympics served as the culminating activity for the celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month.
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