Specialized personnel from the Bureau of Fire Dumaguete City conducted a series of trainings for City and barangay first responders so they can effectively answer emergency particularly in the event of a flash flood to rescue people who are trapped/surrounded by a deluge of water or in crossing a river during inclement weather.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo approved the implementation of the Swift Water Search and Rescue Training for the first responders of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, barangay rescue teams and other volunteers so they will acquire the appropriate skills and strategies to save lives and prevent casualties during flash flood.
It should be noted that Dumaguete City is situated in between 2 river channels with the constant threat of flooding particularly in the low lying areas.
The first 3 batches of trainees have already completed the 3-day training course while the 4th batch is now undergoing lecture sessions and on the last day will participate in demonstration that is typically held at the Buayahan section of the Ocoy River in Barangay Palinpinon Valencia.
City DRRM Officer Allen Froilan O. Cabaron II expresses his gratitude to Mayor Remollo, Valencia Mayor Edgar Z. Teves Jr., Palinpinon Punong Barangay Carlos Gainsan, Talay Punong Barangay Lilia Batalan and Taclobo Punong Barangay Roger Bohol for their constant support in the conduct of training that will enhance the preparedness and deployment of skilled rescuers during calamities.