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Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE)

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Purpose: The purpose of this course is to develop community level disaster responders. It aims to bridge the gap before the arrival on-site of professional emergency responders.

Background: CADRE is a four-day course of the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) that was developed by the United States Agency for International Development through its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) with the help of American Red Cross, Red Cross National Societies and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). CADRE curriculum draws upon the basic elements form other PEER trainings: Medical First Responder (MFR) and Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) courses. The course has been delivered in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam.

Implementing Partners: Red Cross National Societies are the foremost implementing partner for CADRE. In India, NSET will be working with SEEDS for CADRE implementation.

Target Audience: Community level volunteers or lay persons capable of being an Emergency Community Responder. The ideal number of participants for CADRE is 24, however, it can accommodate maximum 28 number of participants. There should be at least 18 participants for conducting this course.

Course Methodology and Content: CADRE was initially designed for three days, however, considering the need for adequate time for practical exercises and recommendations received from senior instructors during courses and in the PEER Stage 4 Regional Course Review Workshop (CRW) in July 2015, CADRE is at present scheduled for four days. The course is led by a Course Coordinator, five lead/full instructors with three 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. On top of nine instructors, an experienced Course Monitor is assigned for overall supervision of course delivery.

Interactive lectures and demon¬stration practice sessions are used to present the course content with exercises and evalua¬tions used to assess participant learning. CADRE Course lessons highlight on:

»  Common hazards and community response
»  Family preparedness and preparing for response
»  First aid and Basic Life Support
»  Incident Command System and Triage
»  Dead body management in disasters
»  Fire Emergencies
»  Basic Search and Rescue
»  Basic water rescue

Performance Objective:
Given a simulated disaster incident and equipment available in the community, participants working in teams with 6 to 7 members will search for, locate, stabilize and extricate several victims of a simulated disaster incident in no more than 1.5 hours.

Instructional Objectives:

At the completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

1. Familiarize themselves with the operational sequence of a community responder, being a member of the family and securing its wellbeing before deciding to join the community response team.
2. Gather information and formulate plan of action to search and locate possible trapped victims.
3. Conduct Community Quick Response Sorting Technique, evacuate and transport victims safely in the event of an emergency or a disaster.

CADRE Lesson Summaries

Lesson 1: Introduction
General information and administration details of the course

Lesson 2: Common Hazards and the Community Response Group Consequences of hazards and community responders’ role

Lesson 3: Securing Family and Preparing for Response and Incident Command System (ICS)
Family Disaster Plan and basic concept of ICS

Lesson 4: Basic Life Support
General procedures of Basic Life Support (BLS) / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Lesson 5: Basic First Aid and Triage
Basic first aid concepts and skills; and Community Quick Response Sorting Technique

Lesson 6: Dead Body Management
Factors, common consequences and handling of dead bodies, roles and responsibilities of community responders in handling dead bodies, how to store dead bodies.

Lesson 7: Fire Emergencies
Define what is fire, list the elements of fire, identify the classes of fire, identify the methods of extinguishment, name the parts of a portable fire extinguisher, demonstrate the use of a fire extinguisher, demonstrate the use of the “Bucket Brigade”, list at least 5 common water emergencies.

Lesson 8: Basic Search Techniques
Definition of basic search. Most common techniques in searching a structure. International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) marking process.

Lesson 9: Basic Rescue Techniques
Define rescue techniques. Most common rescue techniques in a structure. Lifting techniques. Cribbing. Types of structural collapse.

Lesson 10: Water Emergencies
List the general rules for water safety, Demonstrate 6 knots used for joining and securing ropes, demonstrate the 2 types of extension assist.

Lesson 11: Other Emergencies
Signs and symptoms of common emergencies [e.g. bites and stings, poisoning, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)] and pre-hospital treatment for these.

Lesson 12: Final Practical Exercise
Securing your well- being and family members, scene size-up and search, Community Quick Response Sorting Technique, Community Light Search and Rescue, management of the dead, interfacing with professional responders.

Lesson 13: Course Review
Questions from the participants. Review of issues recorded in the "File"

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