The Office of the Student Affairs and Services (OSAS) in collaboration with the School Clinic, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Bay, and Philippine Red Cross San Pablo City Chapter conducted a fire & earthquake drill and a first aid lecture demonstration on March 13, 2017 at CARD-MRI Development Institute, Inc. (CMDI), Brgy. Tranca, Bay, Laguna.
Senior high school and college students attended the 4-hour program which aimed to: create and enhance awareness on safety and security in times of disasters; provide basic and fundamental information on first aid application; minimize anxiety by means of fundamental and effective response to disasters; and impart ways on saving lives.
“This is a yearly requirement for students in their National Service Training Program (NSTP) subject, which we synchronized with OSAS’ project,” according to Ms. Rona Almagro, OSAS Officer-In-Charge (OIC).
In addition, BFP discussed the types of fire and its prevention through an actual simulation. They also trained students on the earthquake drill procedure, highlighting the “drop, cover, and hold”. Meanwhile, Red Cross presented first aid topics and demonstrated the response on the following: rabies, snake bite, leg cramps, wound care, fainting, and heat stroke.
“I believe this is a good venue for students to learn the basic information on safety, especially if the school health care provider is not around, at least they have the idea to respond to emergencies,” said Ms. Iya Aspiras, School Nurse. “We are promoting a safe environment to prevent further injuries, loss of lives, and damage to properties,” she added.
Fire Officer 3 (FO3) Irvin Ramos assisted Nicole Santos, Senior High School Student, in using the fire extinguisher. (Photo by Edel Arban)
Students demonstrated three steps in responding to an earthquake. (Photo by Iya Aspiras)
Students followed steps on applying first aid treatment on leg cramps. (Photo by Lloyd Cristopher Dacles)
By Dianne B. Ubaldo