Church trains student emergency responders

EMERGENCY first responders of Pontevedra National High School in Pontevedra, Capiz perform the proper way of carrying a victim as part of their three-day basic Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training conducted by the Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center’s (CASAC) Capiz Archdiocesan Disaster Emergency Responders (CADER) and the Capiz Schools Division EMS National Certificate (NC) II holders. (CASAC photo/JBG-PIA)

ROXAS City, Capiz – Emergency first responders of Pontevedra National High School in Pontevedra, Capiz underwent a three-day basic Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training.

The Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center (CASAC), through its Capiz Archdiocesan Disaster Emergency Responders (CADER), and Capiz Schools Division EMS National Certificate (NC) II holders conducted the activity July 6 to 8, 2018.

CASAC Communications Officer Rhiel dela Rosa said that of the 30 students and faculty who participated in the training, only 25 completed the activity, mostly student leaders of the school.

“The training is in pursuit of strengthening their school Disaster Risk Reduction and Management initiatives,” he said.

Dela Rosa said the basics of emergency service, basic life support, first aid, vital signs, mass casualty incident and medical misconceptions were tackled in the plenary sessions.

“They also underwent actual demonstration on the taking of vital signs, carries, choking, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, splinting and bandaging, radio communication and dispatch, helmet removal and simulation exercise on mass casualty incident (MCI)”, he said.

For his part, CASAC Director Rev. Fr. Mark Granflor, who was the guest speaker during the culmination activity, challenged the participants to be always ready to act in case the need to respond arises.

“You are chosen to respond to the call of service, please do it wholeheartedly,” he said.

On the other hand, PNHS DRRM coordinator Christopher Jan Tan expressed his gratitude to the Catholic Church for its effort in extending the social services to the school. (PIA/Capiz)

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