An addition to the two existing barangay-based rescue teams in Tacurong City is the New Carmen Rescue Team. The new team is now being trained by TRACER or the Tacurong Responsive Assistance and Coordinated Emergency Response Team.
The 5-day training for 21 potential members of the New Carmen Rescue Team started on November 4, 2014. The team is composed of 16 males and 5 females representing different sectors in Barangay New Carmen. Among them are public school teachers, barangay civilian volunteers, and barangay health workers.
Through the training, the new rescue team learned basic life support, basic first aid, and casualty handling.
Participants were also trained on skills necessary for search and rescue such as ropemanship (rapelling, high line), and swimming. Swimming lessons are conducted in Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Their final drill, the one-mile swim, will be conducted on November 8 in General Santos City.
Barangay San Pablo Emergency Response Team (SPERT) assisted TRACER in the conduct of the said training. SPERT and Barangay New Isabela Rescue Team (NIRT) are the first two barangay-based rescue teams in the city.
On November 9-13, potential members of Barangay Rajah Muda Rescue Team will also undergo the same training.
The Tacurong City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRMMC) aims to equip all 20 barangays for disaster preparedness, prevention, response, and rehabilitation.
In August 2014, TRACER was recognized as Best Government Emergency Response Management by the Regional CDRRMC. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)