Following a Basic Life Support (BLS) course, the Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers has recently started its Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) training under the tutelage of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
The WASAR follows rigid modules of instruction on water rescue over a period of eight weekends consisting of technical water rescue and boatmanship (rubber boat operation). The theoretical trainings are conducted at the PCG Headquarters in Manila while practical applications will be conducted either in Anilao, Batangas or Infanta, Quezon where live simulation of WASAR principles are applied.
The WASAR training of MCFRVI is in preparation for any exigencies that may arise in the expected La Nina months and in response to lessons learned from typhoon “Ondoy” in 2009.
After the WASAR, MCFRVI will immediately commence training on Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue in preparation for the expected “Big One”.
More details to follow…