October 28, 2014 …. Honorary Company Commander of Home Guards Shri John Aguiar has said that a disaster can be termed as a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts  and therefore there is need that the members of community are trained to handle disasters and  assist is saving lives.

Shri Aguiar was speaking at the lecture cum demonstration on Emergency methods of evacuating casualties  without equipment conducted by the Home Guard and Civil Defence Organisation at the Annual  Training Camp organized by the 1 Goa Battalion NCC at Bhumika High School, Poriem today.

Shri Aguiar said sometimes rescue materials are not available to the rescue team at the site in emergency situation. There are various other methods, which could be useful for rescue. Such methods are known as “Emergency Methods of rescue”.  He said, when a stretcher is not available, and when there is a patient to be carried improvisation may have to be resorted to. This improvisation may be carried using the equipment carried by the rescuer, in the unit, or with material available locally. He said that the rescuer must understand the correct techniques to be applied on the casualty and execute the correct method of carrying the casualty so that the suffering of the casualties are minimized.  It is also important he said to ensure personal safety as accidents and injuries to rescuers may jeopardize the whole operations.

Senior Platoon Commander Shri Uday Kurtarkar  explained the methods in detail while they were being demonstrated.

Company Quarter Master  Sergeant Shri Anand Naik, Assistant Section Leader Shri Narayan Pagi, Home Guard Shri Laximan Talwar and Civil Defence Volunteer Shri Uday Kuri Conducted the demonstration.

The methods demonstrated were “Human Crutch” where a rescuer acts as crutch to the injured, “Fireman’s lift” which is a nine step method to lift the casualty, the “Pick-a –back” method which is applicable only when the casualty is conscious without any injury  and not able to walk, “Pick a Back (Reverse)” for the casualty who is conscious with an injury such as burn on the belly or chest, wound on the neck,  Fore method, The cradle method, , backward drag, , Double human crutch, 2-handed seat and several other methods were demonstrated.

The cadets were attentive and participated in the demonstration exercise and asked questions.

Major Shivaji Dharwadkar earlier welcomed the team on behalf of the Camp Commandant and later proposed a vote of thanks.

Camp Commandant Colonel  Nand Kishor Subedar,  Adm. Officer  of  1 Goa Battalion NCC,  Colonel Samanta, Deputy Controller of Civil Defence Smt. Laura Britto, GCS, Camp Adjutant Major James Christopher, Major Gunaji Dessai, Capt. Vinod Joshua and others were present for the programme.


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