Search
Archive
Categories

ICSC Staff Complete Certified Emergency Response Training Course

By: Editor 

 

The Islamic Center of Southern California is pleased to announce that two staff members, Ahmed Ahmed (aka Jimmy) and Kenan Kapetanovic, have become certified in the basic level of emergency response.

 

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.

 

If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in an earthquake, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?

 


First and foremost, it can present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Third, train them in needed life saving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

 

Kenan and Jimmy participated in 2 1/2 hour sessions, one day a week over a 7 week period. The training consisted of the following:

  • Session I, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS.
  • Session II, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION.
  • Session III and IV, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS
  • Session V, LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS.
  • Session VI, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION.
  • Session VII, COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION.

With this training,  they can manage utilities and put out small fires, open victim airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock, provide basic medical aid, search for and rescue victims safely;,and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

 

We applaud Jimmy and Kenan both for their involvement in this program!

 


 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *