Emergency volunteers recognised

2019-12-17 06:00
Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR) volunteers were given special recognition at a ceremony in Ocean View on Wednesday 11 December.

Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR) volunteers were given special recognition at a ceremony in Ocean View on Wednesday 11 December.

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Emergency responders were honoured for their work and dedication by Western Cape’s department of health on Wednesday 11 December.

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, the Western Cape’s provincial minister of health, visited Ocean View to award certificates to the Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR) volunteers.

The EFAR training programme was launched in Ocean View in 2014 by Deon Terry, a paramedic at Metro Emergency Medical Services’ ambulance department, who doubles as the head instructor during training sessions.

On the day of the ceremony, Mbombo noted in a Facebook post: “I started my day by tabling our EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Festive Readiness Plan and recognising 80 EFAR volunteers for their work, at Ocean View Multipurpose Centre. I’m happy for this community partnership.”

Terry said that the ceremony was well received by volunteers. “It went well. I think it was something that was well-deserved and something that needed the exposure. The focus was also more on getting people aware and ready for the festive season.”

To date, there have been 140 responders trained in Ocean View, with many more across the city. Terry says volunteers from all over Cape Town were recognised for their efforts at the gathering.

In August, Terry and his team trained 69 new volunteers.

Davin Chown, an Emergency Volunteer Services facilitator since 2010, explained the role these new members would play in a previous interview with People’s Post (“No longer helpless citizens”, 27 August).

“We (emergency responders) have the knowledge and the skills to hold down the fort (a crime or accident scene) until emergency response arrives. They (new volunteers) are now equipped and have the confidence to do something,” said Chown.

“We’re usually the first ones there because we tend to be the closest person to the scene, equipped to do something at the time. They’re not helpless victims of the community anymore.”

Terry said the ceremony last week was another step in the right direction for emergency volunteers as a whole. “What was most encouraging was her referring to EMS being the face of the health department because we’re normally the guys out there before the nurses and doctors get to see people.”

Mbombo also mentioned that she would like to encourage more people to take part in this project.V For more information or to become a volunteer, follow @EVSCape on Facebook.

Emergency responders were honoured for their work and dedication by Western Cape’s department of health on Wednesday 11 December.

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, the Western Cape’s provincial minister of health, visited Ocean View to award certificates to the Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR) volunteers.

The EFAR training programme was launched in Ocean View in 2014 by Deon Terry, a paramedic at Metro Emergency Medical Services’ ambulance department, who doubles as the head instructor during training sessions.

On the day of the ceremony, Mbombo noted in a Facebook post: “I started my day by tabling our EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Festive Readiness Plan and recognising 80 EFAR volunteers for their work, at Ocean View Multipurpose Centre. I’m happy for this community partnership.”

Terry said that the ceremony was well received by volunteers. “It went well. I think it was something that was well-deserved and something that needed the exposure. The focus was also more on getting people aware and ready for the festive season.”

To date, there have been 140 responders trained in Ocean View, with many more across the city. Terry says volunteers from all over Cape Town were recognised for their efforts at the gathering.

In August, Terry and his team trained 69 new volunteers.

Davin Chown, an Emergency Volunteer Services facilitator since 2010, explained the role these new members would play in a previous interview with People’s Post (“No longer helpless citizens”, 27 August).

“We (emergency responders) have the knowledge and the skills to hold down the fort (a crime or accident scene) until emergency response arrives. They (new volunteers) are now equipped and have the confidence to do something,” said Chown.

“We’re usually the first ones there because we tend to be the closest person to the scene, equipped to do something at the time. They’re not helpless victims of the community anymore.”

Terry said the ceremony last week was another step in the right direction for emergency volunteers as a whole. “What was most encouraging was her referring to EMS being the face of the health department because we’re normally the guys out there before the nurses and doctors get to see people.”

Mbombo also mentioned that she would like to encourage more people to take part in this project.V For more information or to become a volunteer, follow @EVSCape on Facebook.

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