PPSC joins nationwide earthquake drill
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
UMINGAN- “We must remember that sometimes the impact of a disaster is beyond the capacities and capabilities of a country to deal with. So I think (that) the strengthening of cooperation and good coordination among the different sectors of the community are indeed important and necessary in mitigating the effects of disaster”.
This was the message conveyed by Police Superintendent Virgilio C. Pascua Jr., company commander of the Pangasinan Public Safety Command (PPSC) based in Tayug town, to the 150 students and teaching force of Umingan National High School during the simultaneous national earthquake drill conducted last March 31.
His message was read by Police Chief Inspector Elpidio C. Cruz, Deputy Commander of PPSC who spearheaded the disaster preparedness seminar-lecture and simulation exercise on Search, Rescue and Retrieval Operations.
The lectures consisted of quick synopsis of the Philippine Risk Profile of Calamities, a trivia regarding past occurrences of earthquake catastrophes that struck the country and information on scientific facts.
This was followed by the phases of an earthquake drill consisting of Alarm/Signal, Response, Evacuation,Assembly, Head Count, and Evaluation.
During the Mock Emergency Response Exercise topics include first aid and emergency response onfractures and dislocation treatment.
PPSC emergency responders assumed to have enter an elevated collapsed structures to perform search and rescue activities.
The PPSC Team assessed and evaluate materials and equipment needed for the operation. The said drill focused on innovated other sources of materials that could be found on households as first aid kits.
PPSC personnel who participated in the mock emergency response drill, emphasized safety, precautions and care in the given scenario in assisting survivors, and later removing victims from collapsed structures.
School principal Loreto Borilla and Eusebio Solis, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer have witnessed the “earthquake drill”.
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