Operatives of the Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers will undergo practical training and actual application of Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) principles facilitated jointly by the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) at Subic Bay in Zambales on 25-26 September 2010.
The practical training follows a series of intensive class room and “in-pool” instruction on Technical Water Rescue techniques and Lifeguard competencies held over a period of eight weeks at the Coast Guard Manila/Luzon Headquarters which concluded last week.
The practical training will be conducted in live conditions where real life technical rescue scenarios will be simulated. It will be completed by the infamous “One-Mile-Swim” where trainees are left one mile away from shore and have to swim back unassisted within a set period of time. Failure to comply with the time requirement will default to failure of the course.
This WASAR training for MCFRVI is funded by the Board of Directors of the group in preparation for “Ondoy”-like calamities that are expected to hit the country.
WASAR training is the second in a series of trainings which commenced with Basic Life Support (BLS) and will be followed by an Urban Search and Rescue Training (USAR), this time in preparation for the expected “Big One” to hit the metropolis.
MCFRVI continues to invest in improving its capabilities in responding to exigencies that may arise, all in the name of public service…