AFP, Hawaii Nat’l Guard hold trainings in Cebu

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Army Maj. Manuel Carlos, Hawaii State Partnership Program officer, speaks to members of the AFP at the opening ceremony

Army Maj. Manuel Carlos, Hawaii State Partnership Program officer, speaks to members of the AFP at the opening ceremony

Experts from the US military and Philippine disaster response teams are conducted a bi-lateral urban search and rescue training (US&R) at Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu from March 3 to 12.

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The program involved over 100 personnel, including members of the Hawaii National Guard, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross, the Emergency Response Unit Foundation, and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The training, a US&R subject matter expert exchange, involved basic and advanced practical application in rope rescue, confined space operations, shoring, medical search and extraction, lifting and hauling, and breaching and breaking.

Army Sgt. Andre Varea and members of the Cebu Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation discuss weight calculation methods at aknowledge exchange session in Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu

Army Sgt. Andre Varea and members of the Cebu Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation discuss weight calculation methods at aknowledge exchange session in Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu

The goal of the training is to build capacity within the AFP and other Philippine first-responders for US&R operations and pre-hospital trauma medical skills.

The members of the Hawaii National Guard are expected to return during Exercise Balikatan 2014 in May for additional US&R training and a scenario-based field training exercise.

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