26th February 2019

Staff undertake emergency response training

Why preparation is key

We operate in one of the most challenging environments in the world. Although incredibly beautiful, Nepal’s climate and susceptibility to natural disasters provide a host of challenges to those living and working in the region.

Those who read our latest appeal will know that it’s not ‘if’ the next earthquake comes, it’s when. Add to that the threat of the yearly monsoon, the resulting flooding, the frequent landslides and the threat of fire and it’s clear that our team need to be prepared.

With over 450 staff spread across 21 offices in Nepal, we’re well placed to respond should disaster strike and so it’s of paramount importance that our staff are equipped with the right tools and the knowledge to help.

Training

We recently partnered with Team Rubicon to deliver emergency response training to our staff across Nepal.

In their own words, Team Rubicon use a military approach to ‘create order in the chaos caused by disaster, deploying teams of highly skilled volunteers to provide life-saving aid to those who need it most.’

The fact that their volunteers are mainly made up of ex-military themselves, coupled with their experiences in Nepal following the 2015 quake, they were the perfect fit to help our staff in Nepal.

The training was held as a three-day session on three occasions – at our Area Welfare Centres in Bagmati, Butwal and Dharan. This allowed most of our 22 offices to have a representative attend. For the most part, the teaching took the form of practical scenarios to help our staff visualise how they should and could act should a disaster strike in Nepal.

The training was divided up into the following:

The first day focused on communication and collaboration, and how initial teams should be formed when a disaster strikes.

The second centred on the safety of the team, how to enter and search a disaster area, and how to assess the findings.

The final day focused more on identifying casualties in a disaster zone, triaging them and treating injuries accordingly.

“I would like to thank Team Rubicon and of course GWT for providing this opportunity.

I had previously been received Disaster Training while doing my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing but it was very fruitful to have practical sessions from Team Rubicon. As a Clinical Practice Manager in Butwal, I will now pass on what I have learned to my staff – so that they too will know how to assess, form and perform at times of disaster.”

Sushma Gurung, Clinical Practice Manager, Butwal


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