NDMC eyes team-up with CAE for 10-year project

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THE National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) is looking to partner with the CAE for a 10-year project to build human capacities within fields including emergency response and disaster management, said the head of disaster operations yesterday.

While the plan and negotiations are still in progress, Pg Hj Sabli Pg Damit said the partnership may benefit the people to better learn and understand the basic first aid skills needed, especially when they have to face emergencies and other crises.

He said this was because the CAE has adequate equipments that could better facilitate the basic first aid courses.

The CAE Multipurpose Training Centre was previously reported to have housed the first aid and rescue simulation machines, aside from the flight and helicopter simulators.

“But as of this moment, we are not sure whether the agreement will be signed or not, but if it could not happen, perhaps we may look at other resources available,” he said.

“Perhaps that could also include the Ministry of Health, Fire and Rescue Department and maybe from the community; but of course we would want better facilitation,” he added.

On the sidelines of the opening of basic first aid course at NDMC, Pg Hj Sabli highlighted that those who have basic knowledge on related fields may help agencies involved better when facing emergencies.

First aid courses, he said, are useful especially for NDMC volunteers because they are the ones to be mobilised first in times of crises.

“In other developed countries, people would usually know how to do cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), so in cases of emergencies, they could efficiently assist the first responders even before their arrival,” he said.

The NDMC, said Pg Hj Sabli, also planned on arranging more basic first aid treatments.

This, however, will depend on the demand from NGOs and government agencies, he said.

“While we now have a number of NGOs and government agencies participating, we may also (spread) it towards other agencies and NGOs.

“At least for those volunteering, they may know what to do when facing emergencies,” he added.

Meanwhile, 30 members of various government agencies and non-government organisations began their three-day basic first aid training provided by the NDMC yesterday.

Aside from volunteers of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB), members of the Brunei Shorinji Kempo Federation (PERKEB), Persatuan Kereta Tahan Lasak Brunei (PKTLB) as well as personnel from the prisons department were also amongst those participating in the first aid skills course.

The course, a collaboration of the NDMC and the Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF), aimed at exposing participants to the proper procedures in giving out first aid treatments.

Throughout the training, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of basic life support skills and basic first aid treatments.

Present as the guest of honour was the deputy permanent secretary at the ministry of home affairs, Hj Idris Hj Md Ali.

The Brunei Times