The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) formally unveiled two new ambulance units from the Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI) to further equip the organization’s emergency response efforts.
This brings the total number of ambulance units donated by SBFI over the past three years to five.
Chairman Richard Gordon, who led the turnover ceremony on Wednesday, said the additional ambulance units empower the Red Cross to assist more people affected by emergencies, such as fire incidents, vehicular crashes, medical emergencies, and disasters.
“As the preferred humanitarian partner, we assure SBFI that their support will reach the most vulnerable communities. This is a truly noble cause to help our countrymen in need of emergency medical services,” Gordon said as he expressed gratitude to SBFI Chairman Rafael Simpao, Jr. for consistently fueling the organization’s humanitarian drives.
The Red Cross has saved 1,889 people using the SBFI ambulances, including 674 people involved in road crash incidents and medical emergencies.
PRC, through its fleet of 154 ambulances, has rescued 46,451 individuals for 2019 alone.
Present during the turnover ceremony were PRC Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla, Assistant Secretary General Ramon Murillo, Blood Services Director Dr. Christie Monina Nalupta, Safety Services Acting Manager Von Ryan Ong, and SBFI Vice President Melissa Aquino.
FOLLOWING the recent cases of preventable casualties and injuries in workplaces, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon reminded all business establishments to have trained first aiders who will look after the safety of their employees.
Gordon expressed concern over the alleged absence of trained first aiders and ambulance when veteran actor Eddie Garcia got into an incident during shooting.
He added that the incident is a call for business owners to follow the provisions under the Republic Act (RA) 11058 or the “Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational, Safety and Health (OSH) Standards,” which mandates business owners to have workers undertake first aid training from PRC or any recognized organization.
“There could have been better chances of survival if Eddie’s case was handled properly. There should be a schooled way of saving lives whenever such preventable incident happened. The Red Cross is calling on companies, regardless of size and industries, to have trained first aiders in every establishment,” Gordon said.
In Garcia’s case, a trained individual could have immediately assessed whether he was conscious or unconscious, as well as confirmed if it was cardiac arrest. Moreover, somebody could have assessed possible injuries and call appropriate help.
The proper way of handling such cases is to identify if there is a reason to suspect spine injury. Then, the first aider should prevent the movement of the head and neck of the patient by manually stabilizing and applying cervical collar. This could prevent worsening of injury until an ambulance arrives. Signs of life must also be monitored.
The Red Cross offers first aid training designed to meet the needs of companies and communities, including standard first aid and basic life support, occupational first aid, emergency first aid, junior first aid, and water safety.
PRC, with its fleet of 150 ambulances and thousands of trained first aiders, could also be tapped to provide on-site first aid and emergency services, including mass gatherings, sporting events, and festivals.
PRC is also calling on homeowners’ associations to conduct first aid training for maids and drivers to ensure household safety.
“The public should know that the Red Cross is ready to offer its first aid and ambulance services for a reasonable amount—enough to sustain our operations that require fuel and maintenance costs. We want to build a culture of safety among Filipinos by having one trained first aider in every household,” he added.
For inquiries on first aid training and ambulance services, call 790-2300 or send an email to [email protected]
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deployed manpower and rescue vehicles to assist in the search and rescue operations in a collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga following the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit parts of Luzon on Monday.
Data from the PRC Operations Center shows that as of 7am, 24 individuals are still missing while 69 suffered injuries. PRC mobilized 30 manpower equipped with two ambulance units, two rescue vehicles, a generator set, and a tower light.
PRC also provided body bags to facilitate proper management of bodies retrieved in the incident site.
“We are all together. Red Cross continues the search and rescue operations for the missing individuals at Chuzon Supermarket. We deployed our assets from nearby chapters to provide additional manpower in affected areas. No one shall be left behind,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
Gordon also urged business owners to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the crowd.
“Be mindful of the safety of the people in your establishments. Business owners should inspect and double check the safety of their establishments to avoid putting people in dangerous situations,” he added.
Red Cross also advises the public to take earthquake drills seriously to prevent major casualties and take note of the following measures before, during, and after an earthquake.
- • Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances with wall studs.
- • Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture with wall studs.
- • Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.
- • Brace overhead light fixtures.
- • Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets. Large or heavy items should be closest to the floor.
- • Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
During – if indoors
- • Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible and watch for falling objects.
- • It is most important to keep your head and torso covered. If you’re sitting at a desk or table, get under it. Otherwise drop wherever you are.
- • If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on, protecting your head with a pillow.
- • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
- • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must go outside after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case of aftershocks, power outages or other damages.
- • Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire.
During – if you are outside
Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).
During – if you are in a vehicle
- • Pull over to a clear location and stop.
- • Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible.
- • Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops.
- • Then, drive carefully avoiding bridges and ramps that might have been damaged.
- • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
- • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes and cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris.
- • Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.
- • If away from home, return only when authorities say it’s safe to do so.
- • Be prepared for aftershocks. If you feel one, drop cover and hold on.
- • Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
- • Open cabinets slowly. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
- • Stay away from damaged areas in and around your home.
- • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
- • Check for gas leaks to prevent fires and secondary damage. Spray the fittings on your gas meter and any fittings on gas appliances with a mixture of water and a little liquid dish soap. If it bubbles, there is gas present.
- • Use extreme caution and examine walls, floors, doors, staircases and windows to check for damage.