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Over 800 firemen trained on rescue techniques

9th Sep, 2019 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

The FCT Fire Service, last week, drilled over 800 personnel on medical rescue techniques of accident victims. The training which covered such areas as detection, first aid treatment of the victims, fire-burn cases, cardiac arrest, fracture and others took place at the Service's head office in Asokoro, Abuja. Speaking to some journalists during the practical training exercise, Director of the Service, Julius Opetunsin said that it was designed to prepare his personnel on the best techniques of handling accident victims, following the organization's recent acquisition of four Basic Life Support ambulances.

Opetunsin disclosed that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, had recently directed the upgrade of their four new ambulances to Basic Life Support (BLS) and "We have bought all the equipment. And having all the equipment without the requisite skills is not good enough as we won't achieve anything, hence the training of officers. "We have invited experts from the Maitama District hospital, so that they will come and train our men in how to carry out activities such as rescue and operations.

"The trainees are about 80, drawn from all the stations from the Area Councils. Even within the city centre we have their representatives, and if there is any emergencies they should be able to handle them." Oputunsin further disclosed that the train-the-trainer training was a continuous exercise and a new set of personnel would be involved in sequent ones.

According to him , his organization hitherto responded to road crashes, building collapses, accidents and others with ordinary ambulance carriers but now they do it with the Basic Life Support ambulances, which are equipped with oxygen and every other equipment for operation. Adding that the development would drastically reduce casualty rate would be because victims would be given first aid while being rushed to hospitals, Opetunsin tasked all beneficiary firemen to take the exercise seriously, get the requisite knowledge so that it would help them save lives and property, and impart same to their colleagues.

He also disclosed that the four BLS vehicles would be distributed to the FCT fire stations, while one would be reserved for the Zuba centre as soon as it is completed. Resource person at the training, Dr. Bummi Arosho, while speaking on other details of the training said that he had taught them basic life support techniques, how to support the heart by compression and by giving breath through the face mask during accidents. Arosho who is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist with the Maitama District Hospital, further stressed that common problems of survivals at accidents include broken bones, internally bleeding.

"The broken bones can be in the neck, in such situations you must support the neck of the victim by using cervical collar to immobilize the neck because moving the neck side by side can damage the nerve that controls respiration and that can lead to the victim's death before getting to the hospital. "The other one is an injury to the femur or tibia. It has to be stabilized so that you don't cause further damage. If it's the femur, the probability that the broken bone can damage the femoral nerve which is there.

"I mean the femoral artery, which is the major blood supplier to the lower limb, if damaged, the leg is gone and will be amputated so it must be supported and when you want to transfer the patient, they have the transport board with which they will roll the patient. "If they can carry the patient without bending, it's better. Someone has to carry the legs, two by the sides, and one supporting the head and the shoulder. In absence of that, the victim can be rolled like a log of wood to the bed."

News Update

The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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