Life with the EMS

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It is not without its challenges

Rescuers may rush in, but they always exercise a good sense of judgment and hesitation in tackling dire situations. Some emergencies are characterized by uncertainty, difficult situations laden full of dangers, and it is always not without its challenges.

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“Com-Cen”

Challenges start from emergency dispatch operators (who are responsible for allocating ambulance in response to calls), who sometimes experience degrees of uncertainty and communication difficulties when taking in calls.

Facing callers that are highly emotional, afraid, and hysterical, incomplete calls or lost calls are just to begin with. And when the center is flooded with emergency calls asking for help, resources available at times calls for prioritization

This can be quite challenging. Having knowledge, skills and experience with insight, intuition, sensitivity and empathy, personal qualities as such, are of importance and are essential in the management of dire situations.

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They are always there and always ready to answer calls and rush to the scene of an accident or whenever help is needed during an emergency or for whatever reason.

Like living life in the fast lane, attentiveness, staying focused and paying due attention is tantamount when facing different, difficult or dire situations.

Answering calls and spending the whole day running around to the aid of people in medical emergencies is an opportunity to save lives but it sometimes ain’t easy.

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Literally tied to the clock when someone’s life is on the line, rushing about all day, our heroic team is always eager to get there quickly with urgent haste.

Once on the road, the team will be there in no time at all. Rushing from one task to the next, the need to stay available for the next run means being constantly “switched on.” 

Prioritizing is always a priority, there’s no room for distraction as every second counts, delegation is always on the fly without sacrificing effectiveness and productivity.

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Despite the rush and getting stressed throughout the day, with little food and rest sometimes in between emergency runs, the team will still be there waiting for the next run.

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Running hot on the road obstacles and challenges

The only downside sometimes is the traffic, and some vehicles and motorists who seem impervious to the ambulance blaring sirens cycle and don’t give way or pull over.

Sometimes others don’t move out of the way immediately or just driving completely oblivious to an emergency vehicle behind them running hot on the road.

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Some pedestrians at times are unaware of the need to yield, even when an emergency vehicle is approaching using proper lights and sounds, cycling through the siren types.

Ambulance coming thru, someone’s life maybe hanging in the balance, who knows, it could be a loved one. Make way, we might be rushing, pardon, need to do some saving.

Star of life

When one’s health is in serious danger, time is of the essence and crucial, for in cases of sudden health emergencies, ambulance trips are considered medically necessary.

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Public-spirited

In a Center that serves a city of 44 Barangays with a population of around 440,000 that receives about 5,800 emergency and non-emergency calls annually, doing runs and coming to the aide of those in need is really worth its weight in gold.

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For an EMS rescuer on a Rotating 8 Plan work schedule, at the end of the day, after a good day’s work, after a long day of backbreaking work in the field doing various kinds of runs, you will be spent, you feel weary, fatigued, and worn out.

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But after each day’s run, running to save lives, you feel happy, and you can relax. You feel exhausted but feel great, you feel tired but in a way it’s good and enjoyable, you feel happy tired. It’s sort of being pleasantly drained that’s somehow soothing.

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Civic-mindedness

In a decent and honorable profession, being with the honorable men and women in the EMS, one feel’s glad that one is a part of a one big happy family that does something to help the community, that is, taking part in making the world a little better.

And taking it from fellow rescuer and pal of mine, Sir Em Malacaste, who in a tribute, laid it down this way, “It’s a good day to save lives!” And there’s nothing like the betterment of our society and humanity, than the saving of lives.

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So, as for all the valiant rescuers and first responders out there, those courageous people who sometimes, also put their lives on the line when out to rescue and save others, whatever the situation or time of day… We salute you!

 

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ICDRRMO's Big Guns

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How to Train Your Responder! Rescuers Of Iligan

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“Night Fury! Get down!”

Big Guns of ICDRRMO

Nope, this is Iligan City and this ain’t “Berk, where it snows nine months of the year and hails the other three” but it does gets a number of typhoons, storms, and the occasional super typhoons a year.

“Responders that grow here are tough and devotedly selfless. The EMS Trainers that grow here are even more so.”

“Responders here maybe few but their true upsides is, they give their best.”

“While other places have paramedics, or emergency medical services… Yes, we do have it too… we have… the courageous rescuers of the ICDRRMO.”

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“The disasters, MVA’s that happen here, as well as other cases, at times… may be a lot, and the responders that come to the aide here may be just a score though.”

“This is the City of Waterfalls, Iligan’s CDRRMO.”

“We’re down south, in a city that last took a beating from super typhoon Sendong.”

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“But it’s been our home, and it has always been a home to the valiant rescuers, responders, and trainers of our EMS.”

 

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Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation “How to Train Your Dragon and Dragons: Race to the Edge”

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Starting ‘Em Young

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SCHOOL BASED DRRM (IEC-Campaign and Drill)

A series of school-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Information, Education, and Communication (IEC-Campaign and Drills) for the public and private schools in the city were conducted in August 2018 up to present by virtue of the implementing rules and regulation of RA 10121, known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act, along with The Department of Education, Iligan City’s Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO).

The school-based disaster preparedness campaign and drill conducted by ICDRRMO started last August 24, 2018 at San Miguel Village School, Palao, Iligan City. It was already on its 23rd school when it covered Digkila-an Central School and Digkila-an National High School at Barangay Digkila-an, Iligan City by November 26, 2018.

As part of RA 10121’s implementation and support, the ICDRRMO conducted the series of IEC-Campaign and Drill activities which included film showings, lectures on different types of disasters and emergencies, earthquake drill, as well as basic bandaging skills.

The importance of disaster management in schools at an early age is crucial, and it begins with awareness of disasters and preparedness in case disaster happen.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework

The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act (RA 10121), is an Act that provides a comprehensive approach to disaster risk management through the development of a national framework and formulation of the National Disaster Risk Management Plan (NDRMP).

This master plan was implemented to provide strategies and other guidelines on how the country deals with disasters or emergencies.

ICDRRMO's Mr. Julius Q. Bado giving a lecture during the School Based DRRM at Digkila-an National High School

ICDRRMO’s Mr. Julius Q. Bado giving a lecture during the School Based DRRM (IEC-Campaign And Drill) at Digkila-an National High School (Image Courtesy of ICDRRMO)

From mere response to preparedness, the plan hopes to achieve responsive disaster risk management by 2019 in all levels — from institutional, organizational, to individual levels.

 

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A special thanks goes to Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training and ICDRRMO

Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop

Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop
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Barangay Hinaplanon, Iligan City – Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO) conducted a training workshop in a Community-based level to increase awareness, prevention and mitigation in the event of local disasters and hazards.

Barangay Hinaplanon Captain Veronico "NIck" Echavez (right) giving a speech, with Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head looking on during the Opening Ceremony.

Barangay Hinaplanon Captain Veronico “Nick” Echavez (right) giving a speech, with Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head looking on during the Opening Ceremony.

November 27, 2018 saw the start of the three-day long “Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop” in an effort to improve Community-based participation through an integration of program action plans for the safety and the saving of and the overall preservation of lives.

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Ms. Elizabeth G. Buna (right) OIC-DILG City Director giving a special message with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (Supervising Head of the Tourism Office), PSSUPT Leony Roy G. Ga (Former Iligan Chief of Police), Hinaplanon Kag. Nestor S. Aquino and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez (OIC-ICDRRMO Head).

Human Induced Hazard

Guest speaker for the occasion, former City Police Director, PSSUPT. Leony Roy G. Ga, said that pro-active measures, paying attention to our environment, staying alert, and proper reporting enhances appropriate response to man-made hazards.

Guest Speaker PSSupt Leony Roy G. Ga (right) delivering his speech during the training workshop opening with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head and Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training.

Guest Speaker PSSUPT Leony Roy G. Ga (right) delivering his speech during the training workshop opening with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head and Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training.

With additional force multipliers in the community level in place, Community-based vigilance and cooperation greatly helps counter terrorism. Information is very precious, “With your support and cooperation, we will save lives,” Ga said.

Incident Command System

Designation and defining specific roles and responsibility of Responsible Officials and Incident Commanders ensures incident safety at the community level.

Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (right), Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Cultural Affairs Office and Iligan City Traffic and Parking Management Office giving an overview in ICS during the program. (l-r) SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head.

Guest Speaker Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (right), Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Cultural Affairs Office and Iligan City Traffic and Parking Management Office giving an overview in Incident Command Sytem during the program. (l-r) SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head.

“Avoiding an incident within an incident” is crucial. The second guest speaker for the training-workshop, Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., pointed out that Community Incident safe objectives. Safety should always be in mind (for responders).

Community based Fire suppression Technique

SFO1 Romano D. Tablon, third guest speaker, elaborated that a “sense of responsibility towards safety and resourcefulness should be applied” in case of fire, for example.

Integration of fire safety programs in barangays is paramount. Safety education to Puroks/Barangays about fire prevention should be properly disseminated.

“Calls should come in, someone should report any incidence of fire,” Tablon said.

Guest Speaker SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City talks about the importance of Community fire suppression techniques during the program.

Guest Speaker SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City talks about the importance of Community fire suppression techniques during the program.

Awareness through community-based information agency, with the family as the basic unit, information and teachings about possible causes of fire and its prevention should be read, internalized, and spread.

According to Tablon, “The importance of having roads is one of the major factors that hinders response and should be addressed at the community level. The one bucket/pail of water per household for emergency use should be mandatory.”

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A Comprehensive Barangay Disaster Plan should be laid down. Such Barangay Action Plan with the LGU/DILG’s approval, should be implemented for each barangay.

Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training delivers his speech during the program.

Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training delivers his speech during the program.

With an early warning system, evacuation plan at hand, risk assessments and plans for hazards for barangay implication, in the likelihood of calamities, hazards and/or man-made disasters, with everybody’s cooperation, can achieve safety.

“A little help has a very big impact to the people” – Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, Head of Training for the ICDRRMO said.

Basic Life Support and Life saving Skills

Lecture and demonstration of Basic Life Support-CPR, Life Saving Skills: Vital Signs Taking, Bandaging and Patient Casualty Handling, Splinting and Improvised stretcher were conducted during the second day by ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas.

ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas demonstrating Bandaging techniques and other Life-saving skills during the training-workshop.

ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas (seated) demonstrating Bandaging techniques and other Life-saving skills during the training-workshop.

The third day covered additional Skills demonstration for Vehicular Extrication and Helmet Removal, Q & A and Review of Skills for participating Hinaplanon Purok Presidents, Councilors and other representatives, which ended up with Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants.

Barangay Hinaplanon participants applying CPR techniques during the Training-Workshop.

Barangay Hinaplanon participants applying CPR techniques during the Training-Workshop.

Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants during the Training-Workshop.

Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants during the Training-Workshop while ICDRRMO’s Mr. Julius Bado (crouched at center) and Mr. Zidrig Nov M. Pagara (standing at right) watches on.

Pilot Barangay

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head, in behalf of Iligan City’s Honorable Mayor Celso Gomera Regencia, along with Hinaplanon Barangay Captain Veronico “Nick” Echavez distributed Purok First Aid Kits to Purok Presidents during the closing ceremony.

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC ICDRRMO Head during the closing ceremony of the Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training-Workshop.

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head during the closing ceremony of the Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training-Workshop.

This is the first time that this kind of training workshop was conducted at Barangay Hinaplanon, as the ground zero during Typhoon Sendong. It was chosen as the pilot barangay. According to Nuñez, the City Government of Iligan along with the ICDRRMO aims to put a first responder in each household in the near future.

 

E. Rabago Guitars of Iligan City: Glitter Down South

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via Daily Prompt: Glitter

There’s a ton of Guitars out there… but not all will fit you unlike a Custom-made guitar that’s made just for you.

And in your search for the one guitar, if you be lucky, if it leads you to the one luthier that’s just near you, it is like a dream come true.

At first, you know, at the back of your mind, the question hangs…

Is he really that good?

Is he really the one that can make you “The One?”

So… you pay a lot of visits to that Luthier’s Shop to find out.

Guitars may come in different sizes, shapes and colors and the degree to which one Luthier is capable of making sometimes play a big role in ones “judging.”

Well, in the course of ones visits a long time ago, one sight caught really left one in awe.

A nearly finished “Butterfly” shape Custom-made Acoustic Guitar in E. Rabago Guitar’s I saw!

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“Butterfly” shape Custom-made Acoustic Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars. After so many years, finally found it today in a bar left for display (Photo Courtesy of S.O.S.)

Wow! This is really one of a kind, It’s not an everyday find!

And to think one luthier is capable of making this, he is surely one of the best there is!

How’d I really wanted to take pictures of it… but cellphones with camera’s weren’t around yet and I wasn’t able to bring any type of film camera to take pictures of it.

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Lucky to get a picture of this one of a kind Custom-made Acoustic Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars today (Photo Courtesy of S.O.S.)

Such a “unique” acoustic guitar I’ve seen made so far, left me thinking, he might be the best guitar maker and luthier by far?

Some time passed and the guitar’s owner traveled, I just wondered where the guitar I marveled ended.

I never knew my search for that very unique, one of a kind, Custom-made Acoustic guitar that I saw a long time ago ended today.

I finally found it, thanks to a very reliable source I say!

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So a few guitar’s I had were built and repaired for I finally found that Master Luthier!

Oh, how I’d really admire and look up to someone who is not only a great luthier but seems to be one of the world’s best custom guitar maker.

To top it all, our story doesn’t end here or there!

Lately, our Master luthier has done it again!

And it’s not about that Semi-Acoustic Guitar he made way back then…

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Sir Joemark Mocorro, an accomplished musician and classical guitar virtuoso (Photo Courtesy of Sir Joemark Mocorro).

But he was able to recently build an 8-String Classical Guitar for Sir Joemark Mocorro, an accomplished musician and classical guitar virtuoso.

Check out this video clip from Sir Joemark Mocorro playing his Custom-made 8-Strings Classical Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars. Playing 6 Strings to 8 Strings transition instantly (since he first got the guitar), this one’s played spontaneously out of muscle memory, his own rendition.

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The Biker and Classical Guitar Player (Image Courtesy of Joemark Mocorro)

Man, talking about finding the right luthier that’s best for you.

Sir Edgar Rabago of E. Rabago Guitars Iligan City holding Sir Joemark Mocorro's newly finished Custom-made 8-String Classical Guitar

Sir Edgar Rabago of E. Rabago Guitars Iligan City holding Sir Joemark Mocorro’s newly finished Custom-made 8-String Classical Guitar (Photo Courtesy of Sir Joemark Mocorro)

Guess, we’re so lucky… in the Philippines… in Iligan City… We have one such talented and gifted Luthier as Sir Edgar Rabago!

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“E. Rabago Guitars of Iligan City: Glitter Down South… ‘The best guitar maker without a doubt!'”

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“Life is like a Maze sometimes”

"'Life is like a Maze sometimes,' if one don't keep track the paths and twisty passages as one walks it, one can easily get lost or get trapped in it." "For every passage leads to somewhere but certain paths leads to nowhere." - kuskusbalungos
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"'Life is like a Maze sometimes,' if one don't keep track the paths and twisty passages as one walks it, one can easily get lost or get trapped in it." "For every passage leads to somewhere but certain paths leads to nowhere." "If some passageways turn out to be dead ends or tight situations, never give up but find a way to 'transcend' one's own limitations." - kuskusbalungos

“‘Life is like a Maze sometimes”

“‘Life is like a Maze sometimes,’ if one don’t keep track the paths and twisty passages as one walks it, one can easily get lost or get trapped in it.”

“For every passage leads to somewhere but certain paths leads to nowhere.”

“If some passageways turn out to be dead ends or tight situations, never give up but find a way to ‘transcend’ one’s own limitations.”

– kuskusbalungos

sometimes a maze is just like a string

sometimes a maze is just like a string

The one hand rule is the simplest trick in escaping from any maze, a guarantee for getting out.

It works because sometimes a maze is just like a string, if you follow it you can get out.

However, there’s an exception…

Like a maze that sometimes have walls that are disconnected from the rest of them all.

Life sometimes have its other walls, it can get complicated, it has its pitfalls.

See, using a little logic may help you out in most cases but a higher form of algorithm is applied for some mazes.

Being able to translate it, we can move from one place to another and get out of it.

Life is like a Maze sometimes, it has its twists and turns and dead ends lie beyond some of its turns.

"If some passageways turn out to be dead ends or tight situations, never give up but find a way to 'transcend' one's own limitations." - kuskusbalungos

“If some passageways turn out to be dead ends or tight situations, never give up but find a way to ‘transcend’ one’s own limitations.” – kuskusbalungos

If we can keep track of where we’ve been even if we get lost we can still find our way back in.

If deep within ourselves we have faith, it makes it easier for us to translate.

We can get out of life’s mazes sometimes with just one hand and using no maps or getting no helping hand.

Translate: “Sometimes in life we all need a helping hand but sometimes ‘success’ lies within our own hand. If you believe you can do it then there’s a chance you can make it.”

Seriousness? Why So Serious?

"The best things in life aren't things... but 'Family'"
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via Daily Prompt: Seriousness

Seriousness? Why So Serious?

Sometimes in life we are confronted by that “serious” question.

Each time we do, we take time to do a great deal of contemplation

Reflection, meditation, cogitation, i.e., serious thought or consideration

In every stage we come to reach or pass sometimes we ask

Our ambitions, objectives and goals have we reach at last?

Unachieved or the other way around there’s always a story

Sometimes unpredictable things happen… a part of the journey

Not what we wanted… but sometimes others are just quick to say… hastily

Easily putting certain things above others… some rush to judge eagerly

Sometimes things they say overshadow friendship, relationships and family yet they don’t know

So let’s ponder on one quote, “The best things in life aren’t things… but ‘Family!'” they should know

“The best things in life aren’t things… but ‘Family'”

“So why so serious all the time?”

“Loosen up from time to time.”