CDRRMD re­ceives new, state-of-the-art res­cue equip­ment

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Jo Ann Sablad

THE City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Depart­ment (CDRRMD) in Ca­gayan de Oro City, on Mon­day, Jan­uary 8, re­ceived the new state-of-the-art hy­draulic res­cue equip­ment for use dur­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions within the city and else­where.

Nick Jaba­gat, chief of the Ur­ban Search and Res­cue (USAR) Unit of CDRRMD, said the new hy­draulic equip­ment will be used by the USAR for vic­tim-ex­trac­tion and cre­at­ing ac­cess dur­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions in­volv­ing ve­hic­u­lar in­ci­dents and build­ing col­lapse , and among oth­ers.

“Ang atong equip­ment be­fore, in terms of per­for­mance, murag an­gat ni sya [the new equip­ment], lat­est (In terms of per­for­mance, the new equip­ment are the lat­est and has a high per­for­mance level com­pared to the old equip­ment we have),” Jaba­gat said.

The newly-ac­quired equip- ment, which cost mil­lions ac­cord­ing to Jaba­gat, are said to be one of the top equip­ment not only in the Philip­pines but also in the whole world and are used by res­cuers in Amer­ica and Canada.

“Friendly sa mga re­spon­der kay gaan sya, handy, dili ka maglisod mag op­er­ate sa gabii kay naa syay suga (It is a re­spon­der-friendly equip­ment since its light, handy, and its not hard to op­er­ate even dur­ing the night be­cause it also has its own light),” Jaba­gat said.

The hy­draulic equip­ment is com­posed of a spreader, cut­ter and ram.

Even with the pur­chase of new equip­ment, the USAR unit chief said it does not mean the old equip­ment will no longer be used.

Jaba­gat said the hy­draulic equip­ment were pro­cured to back up and en­hance CDRRMD res­cue op­er­a­tions, adding that calls for help, not only in the city but even from El Sal­vador and Laguindin­gan, have been in­creas­ing.

The CDRRMD, he said, has been re­spond­ing to dif­fer­ent types of emer­gen­cies in the city as well as in nearby ar­eas as the agency is now be­ing known to have the proper equip­ment for res­cue op­er­a­tions.

“In ev­ery op­er­a­tion, lahi­lahi sya og na­ture. So dili ka maka in­gon nga kaya ra sya sa usa ka equip­ment. Dili gyud sya ing-ana. At least ready ta (There are dif­fer­ent na­ture in ev­ery op­er­a­tion. So we can­not say that it will only need a sin­gle set of equip­ment. Its not like that. At least we are ready),” Jaba­gat said.

In Jan­uary 2016, a fouryear-old boy was crushed to death in­side a 10-wheeler truck driven by his fa­ther in Puerto, Ca­gayan de Oro City.

Jaba­gat said the CDRRMD spent eight to nine hours res­cu­ing the boy.

With the ac­qui­si­tion of the equip­ment, Jaba­gat said, the time spent in res­cue op­er­a­tions will lessen, thus, al­low­ing them to ul­ti­mately save more lives.

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