MFR Course taking place in Lahore, Pakistan

Dec 26, 2016

Medical First Responder (MFR) Course is being conducted by the National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET) with overall guidance of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)/ National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) Pakistan and in cooperation with Emergency Service Academy (ESA)/ Rescue 1122, in Lahore, Pakistan. The MFR Course takes place from 19-31 December 2016 under the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) Stage 4. PEER is funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

A brief opening program was arranged to start the course, which was attended by Brig Amir Hamza, Director General of ESA. Highlighting the importance of the course in the region, Brig. Hamza, on behalf of ESA/Rescue 1122, assured continued support for the implementation of PEER courses in Pakistan.

The purpose of MFR course is to provide individuals with first response tasks the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, treat and transport sick or injured patient as a result of an emergency or disaster.

MFR is a 13-day course of the PEER that was developed by the USAID/OFDA in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET). Starting from 1998, the course has been delivered in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines. However, in Stage 4 of PEER (2014-2019), the program is focused in South Asian Countries.

There are a total of 23 participants (one female from Rescue 1122) representing ESA/Rescue 1122, Civil Defense, National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP), Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC), Network of Disaster Management Practitioners (NDMP), and from different areas of Pakistan namely, Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

MFR is a pass/fail course, led by a course coordinator, seven lead instructors and four assistant instructors using the interactive lecture method (ILM) of instruction that is objective based, performance oriented, tested, and highly participatory. The experience of the instructors is enriched by the interaction between the participants. All instructors for the current course are invited from Pakistan. A Regional Course Monitor has been invited from Nepal Red Cross Society to monitor the course, if the course is being conducted as per the PEER standard in terms of course facilities, process, methodology and delivery. NDMP is assisting NSET for implementing PEER program in Pakistan.

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