PDRRMO trains on vehicle extrication

The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) underwent a three-day training on “Crash Vehicle Extrication and Rescue” conducted by the Palmer Asia, in partnership with Pasig City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, on March 14 to 16.

The training was held at the Cebu City Government motor pool in South Road Properties.

On instances where paramedics and emergency first responders will have to pull crash victims out of destroyed car, they have to know just as much about how the vehicle is built as they do about how to tear it open.

“It’s not just how to cut them apart,” said Rafael Lutche, PDRRMO Emergency Response-Search and Rescue Division head.

Lutche, along with paramedics and emergency first responders from three other  Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Magement Offices (LDRRMO) from the municipalities of Tuburan and the cities of Mandaue and Cebu, including paramedics of Cebu Provincial Health Office (CPHO), ER-SaR personnel of PDRRMO and Alpha Responders Committed to Serve All (ARCSA), an in-house emergency first responders of the Capitol, put that knowledge to the test on Friday and Saturday at the motor pool facility of Cebu City Government in South Road Property. They tried their hands in using special hydraulic tools on metal-cutting and spreading to rescue passengers from car, bus and semi-trailer crashes.

The rescuers used hard rubber-plastic beams and wedge to stabilize “crashed” vehicle, hydraulic metal cutters and spreaders to remove roofs and doors and to cut through thick metal sheets. In the middle of the yard, a sedan sat with the roof of its cab removed. A few steps away, the side of a pickup truck had been cut away.

“They will learn how to peel the vehicle away (from the person inside),” Eduardo Serdenia Jr., vehicle extraction instructor from Pasig City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, explained. “They’re creating space to get someone out.”

“This type of industry is changing every moment,” said Harold Alcontin, team leader of the Quick Response Team-Amihan of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and management Office (CCDRRMO).

Alcontin also said vehicles are being made with heavier metals, and equipment manufacturers have responded using the latest hydraulic metal cutters and spreaders for cutting, peeling and spreading metal sheets so passengers can be extracted.

“The technology is changing. We’re renewing the skills,” Joey Hingabay also a team leader from ARCSA, said.

“If there’s a real-life situation, we’re better trained and equipped to save lives,” Hingabay added

Palmer Asia is a distributor of fire and rescue equipment’s that provides special hydraulic tools to PDRRMO.

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