|As part of their intensive training, the class focused on the basics of saving lives and treating critical medical emergencies around the marine environment. |
Sixteen members of the Ambergris Caye BDARRT (Belize Disaster and Response Rescue Team) attended a Marine Rescue Class in San Pedro last week. Graduates received certification as a Wilderness First Responder and Dive Accident Management Provider. The class focused on the basics of saving lives and treating critical medical emergencies around the marine environment. The instructors used demonstrations and discussions of rescue and treatment techniques followed by extensive hands-on instruction and practice to ensure mastery of both concepts and skills. The class was “Belize appropriate” in how it was taught. Its content was specific for the needs, resources, and capabilities of Belizean students and the local environment.
Global Medical Rescue Services, Limited taught the course. They offer instruction in wilderness medicine, expedition and remote emergency medical, rescue, and survival training at locations around the world. They specialize in training, equipment selection and disaster planning and response. They have provided training for national governments; federal, state, and local agencies; medical and health profession schools and individual students; international science expeditions; international agencies and firms; physicians, nurses, and paramedics.
The following local students graduated from the course: Cori Docter, Mark Docter, Caitlyn Sharpe, Quinn Docter, Sterling Vorus, Jason Edwards, Francis Pinnock, Brian Acosta, Caesar Tzib, Nigel Tzib, David Blakeslee, Edwin Gamez, Poncho Glenn, Cullen Walker, Kath Walker and Solomon Alvarez.
The BDARRT team would like to thank El Pescador resort for providing housing, Caliente North for providing classroom facilities, Janet Williams for providing meals, SNUBA for providing scuba equipment and Island Ferry for providing transportation.