By: FO1 JT Orejudos
The Municipality of San Gabriel composed of ninety percent (90%) highland or mountainous area and only ten percent (10%) is in low land or plain area. This prompted the LGU San Gabriel to acquire equipment on High Angle Rescue in order to enhance the capability of the municipality to respond to any vehicular accidents or emergencies that may transpire from any of the three (3) major roads from the upland barangays leading to the business area. Mere having the rope rescue equipment is not sufficient to respond to any type of emergencies, it needs manpower to use the same but any individual cannot just pick-up the equipment and use it immediately. They need to be trained in order to acquire skills on rope rescue and use the available equipment to help people who are in need. This led to the creation of San Gabriel Health Emergency Response Management Evacuation Services (HERMES) Team through the efforts and initiatives of HON. DIVINA C. DALIGUES-VELASCO, MD, MPM, Municipal Mayor and DR. HERMINIGILDO M. VELASCO, MD, MPM, Municipal Health Officer and the designated Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer in which eight (8) LGU employees were trained by personnel of this station with Basic Rope Rescue Training (BRRT) last year. These employees also underwent training in Basic Life Support-Lay Rescuer and First Aid and Water Search and Rescue (WASAR).
In order to enhance the skills of rope rescue and to uplift camaraderie of the members of HERMES Team headed by Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer, DR. HERMIE VELASCO and BFP personnel of this station led by former Acting-MFM, INSP. RONALD N CASTILLO, high angle rescue exercises or rescue simulation was conducted on April 04, 2013 at Sitio Bacsayan, Barangay Poblacion of this municipality. Before the actual exercises reiteration of strict observance of safety in the training site was made and also lecture on Tactical Considerations was undertaken. Most particularly, techniques in raising a victim from the deep ravine with the use of basket stretcher applying mechanical advantage and any other rope rescue techniques were practiced. The said activity concluded with a positive result.