|Coast Guard Conducts Water Search and Rescue and Rubber Boat Operations and Maintenance Training (WASAR) to PDCC La Union’s First Responders|
|Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:31|
The Coast Guard District Northern Luzon (CGDNLZ) in coordination with the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council La Union (PDCC-LU) fortified its preparation for the upcoming rainy season through the conduct of a 5-day Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) and Rubber Boat Operations and Maintenance (RBOM) Training Course conducted on May 24-28, 2010 at Headquarters Coast Guard District Northern Luzon, Poro Point, City of San Fernando, La Union.
Twenty-five (25) participants of PDCC-LU, to include some PNP and BFP personnel and sixteen (16) Coast guardians of the North cross-trained with the rescue divers of the Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG). The primary goal of WASAR-RBOM training is to train the students to become competent rescuers in water-related incidents. Lectures and practical exercises focused on lifesaving rescue techniques as well as rubber boat operations and maintenance.
The training also developed self-confidence, determination, teamwork and camaraderie among the students who may eventually be working together in future water search and rescue operations.
The Philippine Coast Guard is conducting this skill training all year round to LGU’s and NGO’s of Regions 1 and 2 to help strengthen their competencies in waterborne search and rescue operations during times of calamity.
Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Wilfredo D. Tamayo lauded the above-mentioned efforts and initiatives of CGDNLZ under the leadership of Commodore Athelo Ybanez and enjoined all the other Coast Guard Districts to likewise ensure the high state of preparedness of search and rescue surface, air and manpower assets under their respective areas of responsibility.
CPO Caole PCG Giving Instructions to the Students
before the Practical WASAR Training
Practical Exercise in Rubber boat Maintenance
Practical Exercise in Lifesaving Techniques (the two gray rubber boats are newly-acquired
by La Union Provincial Government)