Red Cross intensifies response capacity amid potential terror attacks PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 November 2010 10:39

In response to President Benigno S. Aquino III’s call for public vigilance against potential terrorist attacks, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Friday strengthened its capacity to respond to emergency incidents related to terrorism.

PRC is conducting additional training to its volunteers and staff on first aid after news reports said two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues were intercepted in an airport in England on Oct. 29.

First aid training includes how to control bleeding, care for shock, tend burns and care for injuries to muscles, bones and joints.

“We’ll never know when terrorist attacks will happen so it is better to be prepared for the unexpected. There might be a possible mass casualty incident so we have to ensure that we respond to all emergency needs in case of a terrorist attack,” said PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang.

During situations of violence, Red Cross first aiders should help to protect and save lives, do no harm, respect and preserve the dignity of casualties, and participate in the control of disease, as stated in the International Committee of the Red Cross First Aid in Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Violence Manual.

Other duties of first aiders include contributing to the health education of the general public and to other preventive programs to prevent injuries and the spread of disease, and being sufficiently flexible and versatile to respond to numerous and diverse tasks beyond caring for casualties.

Pang also said that PRC’s response and rescue equipment are ready for possible terrorist attacks.