TACRU @ 12: Unwavering years of serving Taclobanons
In these times of bizarre calamities and disasters, local government units are called to be prepared at all times. This is why the creation of the Tacloban Rescue Team on August 1, 2000, was a compelling move. It was mandated by the Office of the Mayor to respond to emergency situations in the city. The team was composed of personnel from the various departments in the city government. These workers were sent to train in various life-saving procedures.
In 2010, under the leadership of Mayor Alfred Romualdez and the present Sangguniang Panlungsod, the Tacloban Rescue Team was changed into the Tacloban Rescue Unit (TACRU) under Sangguniang Panlungsod Ordinance Number 2010-10-310. TACRU is a volunteer first response and rescue team with volunteer members trained as certified first responders, emergency medical team, as well as licensed amateur radio operators. As emergency responders, they provide first aid attention to victims of cardiac arrests, respiratory distress, vehicular accidents, boating accidents and countless other emergency situations throughout the city and its suburbs. The unit also responds in missing-persons-incidents. They provide life-saving interventions by bridging the gap between the occurrence of the accident/incident and the arrival of the ambulance.
The TACRU is manned by expert-volunteers from the various departments of the city government. The volunteers are properly trained in life-saving procedures and emergency response by experts from the Department of Health and the Philippine National Red Cross. Many times, the unit has responded during occurrences of disasters and calamities such as fire outbreaks, floods and marooned individuals and families during floods and other emergency situations involving residents and visitors.Time flies and the twelve years it has served Tacloban is something to be proud of. TACRU has since evolved into an effective response unit that comes to the rescue when the family is confronted with emergency and difficult situation. For one, it helps families in difficult situations when they respond immediately to urgent calls of distress. The idea behind the creation of the unit is a tribute to every Taclobanon who has gained hope and confidence in times of emergency situations. Today, TACRU has been proactive in giving training on emergency response to other stakeholders. It has freely given training to barangay tanods, volunteers of the Volunteer Service Program of the city, fishery law enforcement team and students. Together with these trained people, villages and other groups will become technically equipped to respond to emergency situations at all times. Congratulations to the Tacloban Rescue Unit (TACRU) on your 12th Anniversary!
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