GHANA EMS TRAINING RECAP
LEADING TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS IN THE SEKYERE AFRAM PLAINS
Back in May, 2014, members of Albany, Oregon Fire Department representing Global Mission Readiness traveled to Ghana, West Africa for our second installment of training in the regions surrounding Kumasi. Their goal was to teach community educators, National Disaster Management Organization members and clinic workers in basic first aid and trauma care. Following the original training curriculum taught in Kumasi in 2011, the team expanded to the the Sekyere Aframs Plains District outside of town to smaller villages and rural communities. With trauma being a leading cause of death within the small nation, our hope is that the education we are providing will spread to others through our student educators. By providing education on health care, it is our hope that the impact of disaster and disease is lessened.
Initially planned as a single five-day course, it quickly became evident the need was much greater. The class duration was reduced to 3 days and broken into three different regions to accomodate over 100 people. The topics included splinting, bleeding control, bandaging, spinal immobilization, medical emergencies and CPR. At the conclusion of the courses, all training material, bandaging supplies and equipment was donated to the agencies taught. With government support limited, our contributions are vital despite how small they are.
It truly is an eye opener when your students biggest worries are finding clean water, lack of electricity, no hospital and no transportation. When the fire department apparatus have few tools and little to no training, it makes our passion to return even greater. We are currently looking to return to the region to continue our support. Please follow the link above to donate to this cause.
From Ghana Team Leader Jake Gartland:
"The Global Mission Readiness (GMR) team was pleased to see the presence of the Ghana National Fire Service in multiple towns. The placement, staffing, and resources of the GNFS is sparse, however, the attitudes and skill level of the firefighters we spoke with was second to none. We also visited a Catholic clinic in Drobonso, and were very impressed with the level of care that they were able to provide to patients in such a remote and resource-poor area.
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September, 2014 - Auto Extrication & Firefighter RIT Training
Tenjo - Cundinamarca, Colombia
November, 2014 - Intermediate Water Rescue Training
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
November, 2014 - Basic Water Rescue Training: SAR Bolivia
March, 2015 - USAR
Other sites in 2015:
St. Vincent & The Grenadines