Schools Division Office of Lucena City in collaboration with the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (LCDRRMO) of Lucena City and Lucena City Fire Station conducted the 1st Junior First Aider’s Camp in celebration of National Disaster Resilience Month held at Lucena City National High School, Brgy. Ibabang Dupay, Lucena City, July 29 to 30.

A total of 98 students and 14 Junior First Aider (JFA) Adviser from public secondary schools participated in the said event. The said camp aimed to educate students and teachers in acquiring the right knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary in an emergency to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury until more advanced medical help arrives.

Yvan Jonas A. Tolentino, Nurse-II, and Belen M. Andal, SEPS-II, lead the program while Rolito Inojosa, principal of Lucena City National High School welcomed the participants. OIC-Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Babylyn M. Pambid and City Hall Executive Assistant III Rogelio Traquena gave messages regarding the conduct of the said event. Afterwards, LDRRMO headed by City Department Head-II Janet V. Gendrano distributed first aid kits to SDO Lucena City and all public secondary schools.

Meanwhile, Patrick Miguel T. Palacio, Nurse-II, discussed about First Aid Management and its importance. He also demonstrated the basic first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

In addition, Fire Officer-II Jan Vincent R. Alba and Fire Officer-II Karls Gary S. Flores together with Quezon Special Rescue Unit (SRU) continued the discussion on Fire Suppression Techniques. They emphasized to the participants not to panic in emergency situations. Instead, participants should call Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) immediately. Participants should also have a directory of the bureau on hand in case of emergencies.

Furthermore, demonstration on other fire suppression technique was conducted where participants performed a demo on the use of fire hose. Aside from fire emergency response, they also demonstrated proper bandaging, emergency carries, and spine board management. A friendly competition on hose throwing and rolling was also conducted.

On the other hand, Operation and Planning Section Head Jesus Ferdinand Mata demonstrated proper rope care and knot tying, wherein he showed various type of knots from boating knots, fishing knots, climbing knots, and surgical knots. These types of knots are necessary in saving lives especially when dealing with a survival situation, performing first aid, and when working over heights or water.

A quiz bee titled 1st Mayor Dondon Alcala Listong Mag-aaral Quiz Bee started was also participated by junior first aiders while their JFA Advisers served as proctors. JFA from Lucena Dalahican National High School was hailed the 1st place winner while Lucena City National High School (LCNHS) won 2nd placer and Lucena Dalahican National High School (LDNHS)- Barra Extension placed third. Moreover, competition for bandaging, emergency carries, spine board management, and bucket relay was conducted.

A graduation ceremony and awarding of winners ended the said program. Participating agencies, schools, and JFA Advisers were recognized. The top five performing schools were also awarded.  Lucena Dalahican National High School got the 1st place award and was hailed as the overall champion. Ibabang Talim Integrated High School placed second.  Mayao Parada Agricultural Integrated High School got 3rd place. Ransohan Integrated High School received the 4th place award while LDNHS-Barra Extension placed 5th. (Karen Jane P. Montero, PDO I-SHS, Division of Lucena City – SGOD)