BFP, SPMC part­ner for burn vic­tims

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - By Juliet C. Re­vita

THE Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP 11) and the South­ern Philip­pines Med­i­cal Cen­ter (SPMC) signed a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment to ef­fi­ciently re­spond to the vic­tims with burn in­juries.

In a state­ment, BFP 11 cre­ated a link with SPMC dur­ing the two-day Burn In­jury and Trauma Sem­i­nar last Septem­ber 5 and 6, 2017. The sem­i­nar was spear­headed by the Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices (EMS) at­tended by mostly med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers turned fire­fight­ers from dif­fer­ent fire sta­tions and units of BFP 11 and burn in­jury spe­cial­ists.

Un­der the MOA, aside from Davao City Fire Dis­trict, fire sta­tions of five provinces in Davao re­gion can have di­rect ac­cess to the burn cen­ter in Davao City.

Fire In­spec­tor Rosanne De­duyo, the BFP 11-EMS Chief, sees that the col­lab­o­ra­tion would help in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the med­i­ca­tion and im­me­di­ate re­sponse to the fire vic­tims who sus­tained burned in­juries.

“While car­ry­ing out the per­ilous task of com­bat­ing fire and smoke, a fire­fighter is al­ways con­fronted with threats of in­jury. And though suc­cess­ful in mas­ter­ing the craft of putting out a fire through var­i­ous tech­niques in the fire scene, burn in­jury is so com­mon that is al­ways ex­pected to hound both the first re­spon­ders and the fire vic­tims," BFP said in a state­ment.

The sem­i­nar was also graced by Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Aladdin M. Guiomala (DSC), As­sis­tant Re­gional Di­rec­tor for Ad­min­is­tra­tion; Se­nior In­spec­tor Michael Dex­ter G. Navarro, Chief of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Di­vi­sion, BFP 11 and sup­ported by BFP 11 Re­gional Di­rec­tor Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Wil­berto Rico Neil A. Kwan Tiu (DSC).

Dur­ing the ac­tiv­ity, fire fight­ers un­der­went sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties to fur­ther im­prove their knowl­edge and ca­pac­i­tate their skills in re­spond­ing to fire in­ci­dents as well as treat­ing in­juries since they are the first re­spon­der to go to the in­ci­dent area.

They trained on new in­no­va­tions in giv­ing first aid to burn and suf­fo­ca­tion vic­tims which was in­tro­duced by med­i­cal ex­perts com­posed of burn in­jury spe­cial­ists of SPMC Burn In­sti­tute in Davao City led by its head Dr. Rizal D. Apor­tadera.

"The sem­i­nar also paved the way for a strong link­age be­tween SPMC and BFP 11 as to es­tab­lish­ing di­rect re­fer­ral of burn pa­tients be­ing res­cued by BFP per­son­nel in the line of duty," it added.

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