(Metro News) QC cops gets flood rescue training

October 23, 2009 9:56 am 

MANILA, Oct. 23 — Sixty policemen of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) are undergoing intensified flood rescue operations training at the La Mesa Dam lagoon in Fairview, Quezon City as part of QC Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte’s directive to intensify disaster preparedness in the city.

QCPD director Chief Superintendent Elmo Dan Diego said the Quezon City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC) and the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) have tapped members of the local police force to undergo week long training particularly on flood rescue operations with the recent acquisition of ten rubber boats by the Quezon City government.

“The raging flood waters brought by the wrath of tropical storm Ondoy taught us lessons learned and we do not want to be caught unaware when similar catastrophes strike,” San Diego added.

San Diego said that at the height of the floods spawned by tropical storm Ondoy, several Quezon City residents were trapped on rooftops by the ocean-like flood waters, especially in low-lying areas and were in dire need of well-trained rescuers on rubber boats.

“With this training, our policemen will now be more prepared to respond to similar incidents brought by natural disasters and at the same time, the training will help us assess strengths and weaknesses of our disaster response preparedness,” San Diego said. (PNA)/V3/JCA/

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