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By Staff Reporter : PNG Today

Samoa Tourism takes lead in emergency first response training

The Samoa Tourism Authority is hosting a training by two experts from Surf Life Saving Tasmania who specialize in emergency first response.

The aim of the training is to improve water safety response in Samoa.

Tony Van Den Enden, the Chief executive officer of Surf Life Saving Tasmania was enthusiastic in his comments towards the initiative by STA.

"This is incredibly important to know that your tourists come to Samoa and you have the proper response to any emergency situation," Enden stated.

"The training will be all the way through, from teaching the theory to the practical. We’re taking everyone involved through the programme," he added.

The programme understands that with the large number of resorts in Samoa both on Savai’i and Upolu, the emergency response may not be effective if it is only provided to a few Government departments.

"This is why we’re going out to communities soon. Imagine the bigger time gap we would have to save a life when an accident occurs and there’s someone in the resort or in the village that has learnt first aid response, “Enden said.

Officers from two of Samoa’s main response departments, Police and Fire and Emergency Services Authority are involved in the first theory part of the training.

"Anyone can be trained, because anyone can learn. But we also advise too that they should know who is more capable to handle certain situations," Enden said.

"Tactics are different but the most important thing is that you save the life of whoever is in the water. Initially once the person’s heart stops beating you have ideally four minutes to perform CPR to save that person’s life, so it’s good to know where you are at and what the plan is to saving this person’s life," he added.

The two trainers who are expected to be in Samoa for a month will also conduct training on Savai’i.


Posted by Staff Reporter : PNG Today on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Filed under , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Share this Article


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