15TH Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG), Army Reserve Command in Bancasi, Butuan City conducted Disaster Emergency Assistance Relief and Rescue Training (DEARRT) last September 15 – October 14, 2012 with One Hundred Forty (140) Officers and Enlisted Reservist as participants.
The objectives of the said training are the following: a.) to organize, train and maintain Army Disaster Reaction Units in every province to render service during the occurrence of calamities and disaster; b.) to provide the members of Ready Reserve Companies with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to save lives, protect and minimize damage to properties; c.) to make reservists involved and operationally ready particularly during calamities and disaster; and d.) to account personnel assigned to reserve companies and determine vacancies for future fill-up.
The Program of Instruction of DEARRT composed of three phases which tackle the following subjects, namely: (Phase One) Disaster Management or Training; Organization of Rescue Team; Types and Uses of Rescue Equipments; (Phase Two) General First Aid; Dressing, Bandaging and Splinting; Emergency Rescue and Transfer; AR/CPR; Environmental Emergency; (Phase Three) Rescue from Burning Structure Smoke Diving; High Angle Rescue; Water Safety and Rescue; Small Boat Handling; Water Survival; and Practical Exercises.
The occurrence of this natural disasters and calamities are inevitable. Thus, the ARESCOM, as a force of willful men, initiates to extend their hands in terms of preparing the reservists to become trained in saving lives, protect and minimize damages of properties. The said training does not just take into account the things that the participants should gain in terms of saving lives but this in a way help them become more aware citizens in terms of how to be responsive during the occurrence of the disasters and calamities.
The training was conducted in coordination with government and non-government agencies such as Philippine Red Cross, Search and Rescue of Agusan del Sur (SARAS), Bureau of Fire Protection, Technical Rescue Specialist Unit (TRSU), and Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO). This training was spearheaded by COL CLARO C DE GUZMAN INF (GSC) PA the Group Commander.