Filipino soldiers, first aiders finish three-day training with US forces

Combined-Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force in Panay Island completed a three-day train-the-trainer first responder medical course on April 9 as part of Exercise Balikatan 2015. “We’re teaching the first responder courses mainly to provide knowledge on how to provide lifesaving interventions in the case they are manmade, a natural disaster, car accident or whichever,” US Army Captain Jennifer Brown said.

More than a 100 Philippine Army soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division, personnel from 6th Regional Community Defense Group and civilian first responders from the Capiz Emergency Response Team participated in the training held at 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters at Camp General Macario Peralta Jr. in Capiz.

“We are teaching AFP soldiers how to do this and also how to teach it as well,” Brown adds. “This following week they will teach it to civilians from the local community so they’ll increase the number of first responders here.”

US Air Force Staff Sgt. Gary Held said Filipino soldiers and first aiders were “pretty knowledgeable already so it helped speed along the training. It’s probably the most enthusiastic group I’ve ever gotten to teach.”