Another successful training partnership was conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in a U.S. Civil Military Support Element - Philippines-led medical exercise held in El Nido, Palawan on 14 to 17 June 2021.
A total of 20 participants composed of officers and crew members of BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409), DA-BFAR vessels, MCS-3002 and MCS-3004, Coast Guard K9 Group - El Nido, Marine Environmental Protection Group and Special Operations Unit in Palawan, and Coast Guard Station El Nido participated in the third conduct of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Training which started in December 2020.
Through training scenarios designed to simulate emergencies, participants were able to harness skills in conducting detailed trauma patient assessments, control bleeding, treat breathing issues, perform advanced field medical procedures, and triage patients.
“We are grateful with the recent partnership as it provided an opportunity to further strengthen the skills and readiness of our personnel in the performance of the our mandates especially in encountering emergency situations either during maritime and land-based operations. This is in line with the PCG Task Force Pagsasanay’s aim to regularly capacitate our joint personnel to maintain a credible, reliable, and professional diverse workforce as we continue our role in securing the country’s waters,” Commander Erwin Tolentino, Commanding Officer of BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) stated.
Said training aims to reinforce skills in immediately recognizing and addressing injuries to teach evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield encountered during maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and/or maritime security operations.