US Army Conducts First Aid Training in the Philippines
May 25-28, 2009 representative from the US Army gave training to some volunteers on “First Responder”. “The goal of this training is to give an orientation and technique on what to do in case of emerg
Last May 25-28, 2009 representative from the US Army gave training to some volunteers on “First Responder”. “The goal of this training is to give an orientation and technique on what to do in case of emergency”, said Capt. Janette Kautzman of the US Force. She arrived in the country last March 2009 and was based in Awang, Camp Siongco, Maguindanao. Capt. Kautzman along with Sgt 1st Class Kevin Fisher, Staff Sgt. Willy Battle and Sgt. Marcus Smith, who gave most of the lecture since he is a trained medic enjoyed their stay here in Mindanao.
The four foreign visitors lectured and guided 31 participants that included 26 youth volunteers and 5 soldiers from AFP and TASK FORCE NORTH COTABATO. Trainings like this gave new insights and new techniques on being a first responder to any calamity be it man made or natural. We are members of Civil Force 735 Team of the US army, added Kautzman. They found the youth very enthusiastic and truly advocates of extending help to anyone who needs help.
On their drill, the participants were asked to apply what had transpired in their lecture; they even hired 2 tricycles, which are the common means of transportation here in the city, as they “rescued” a victim of an accident.
Giving seminars and training like this isn’t the only thing the US Soldiers came here for; they were also donors of some school building here in Mindanao. Truly, these people just want to extend help that also shows positive relationship between our country and the United States of America. “We hope that is not the last training to be conducted” said Col. Edwin Canete, of the Task Force North Cotabato who also was a trainee that time.
The four day event ended with a “graduation rite” where they received their certificate as a proof that they are very ready to give assistance 24/7.