AS part of its efforts to build the city’s resilience against disasters, the Makati city government has trained barangay officials, barangay first responders and employees on swiftwater and flood rescue.
Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said 81 barangay officials, barangay first responders and city employees completed the training on Swiftwater/Flood Rescue at a river in Camiling, Tarlac.
He expressed belief that the recently concluded swiftwater rescue training has greatly enhanced their capability to save lives.
“Our first responders should gain skills in various types of rescue scenarios. The barangay first responders should be able to respond to different situations, ” he said.
The 81 swiftwater/flood trainees consisted of 48 from District I, 28 from District 2, two from Makati Rescue, one from the Urban Development Department, one from the Information and Community Relations Department, and one from Command Control and Communication (C3) Center.
Liga ng mga Barangay head Ma. Arlene M. Ortega congratulated the first responders for showing enthusiasm in learning flood rescue techniques.
“The swiftwater and flood rescue training provides important skills that our barangay first responders should possess,” Ortega said.
Cmdr. Hector Reyes, head of Makati C3, said that more trainings will be conducted for barangay first responders in the coming months, such as the Hazmat (hazardous materials), CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear), and advance Swiftwater Rescue.