DAGUPAN CITY – The city’s health professionals received Basic Life Support training from the Department of Health (DOH) – Region I and Region 1 Medical Center during a three-day training seminar held at the city museum from May 8 to 10.

Some 30 health professionals composed of doctors, midwives, and nurses participated in the seminar which provided lectures and hands-on training on emergency medical care.

Six modules, which included an introduction on basic life support, its guidelines and principles, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillators (AED) and foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO), were discussed during the first day.

The demonstration exercises on the second day also trained the health professionals on the proper techniques of CPR for infants, children and adults as well as on how to use the AED and other apparatus during crucial situations.

Lowell Ian Reolegio, a nurse from DOH – RI, underscored the importance of such trainings as it not only enhances the skills and knowledge of health professionals but also prepares them on how to respond during emergencies and calamities.

After undergoing a written and hands-on assessment on the third day, the participants received a certificate of completion as well as an ID certifying them as authorized first responders for emergency situations.

Emergencies such as those simulated during the three-day seminar are some of the many situations that are responded to by the city’s emergency response team and 24/7 response system of the Emergency 16911 Hotline.

The emergency hotline was initiated by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez in 2014 in order to provide extended emergency, disaster and police assistance to every Dagupeño.

In line with this, the city government also purchased several emergency vehicles which helped fast track rescue operations to all nearby and far-flung barangays. These include the three new fire and rescue trucks, three ambulances and nine rescue boats of the city.

To date, the Emergency 16911 has so far responded and attended to more than 4,200 emergencies since its creation in 2014, with cases ranging from medical assistance to vehicular accidents and many more. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)