Representatives of the public and private sectors will be involved in a five-day Emergency Care and Treatment in Disaster Workshop from today.
The training exercise is being co-ordinated by the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization PAHO.
The workshop will engage members of the Health Sector, the Police Force, Community Members and Secondary School Physical Education Teachers.
The sessions are targeting mainly persons who are likely to perform the role of first responders in emergency situations or communities where no immediate medical help may be available.
Director of NEMO, Howie Prince says the main objectives of the workshop include providing participants with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct an initial rapid needs assessment of the incident scene
It is also aimed at teaching techniques for safely moving an injured patient to and from the incident scene, and teaching how to recognize critical patients, as opposed to those which may not be so urgent.
The workshop will also help participants to work in collaboration with local health personnel, and to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to conduct training activities, with assistance of standardized materials provided.
The sessions will be conducted at NEMO’s Conference Room at Old Montrose from 8:30am to 4:00pm daily