Cebu Squad

 The predicted course of storm ‘Samuel’ which coincided with the arrival of the Serve On dog team volunteers in Cebu, Philippines.

The predicted course of storm ‘Samuel’ which coincided with the arrival of the Serve On dog team volunteers in Cebu, Philippines.

Volunteers from Serve On’s dog team have been back to Cebu, Philippines to hand over medical equipment and to check out plans for a local K9 search capability.

Their arrival coincided with tropical storm Samuel, reminding everyone of the constant need for well-trained and resilient first responders to cope with the ever-present danger of natural disaster in the region.

James, Fiona and Alexa met up with our friends from the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF) and other rescuers who were involved in helping after the Naga landslide and they passed on first aid supplies they had brought out from the UK.

 Serve On volunteers James and Fiona went on shifts with the local ambulance to assess their equipment needs.

Serve On volunteers James and Fiona went on shifts with the local ambulance to assess their equipment needs.

They gave out medical and other supplies to the local Scouts in Cebu, too, and James and Fiona completed shifts on the local ambulances to evaluate the needs of the emergency services.

They concluded there was a requirement for SATs probes, BM kits, thermometers, gloves, masks, blood pressure gear and individual medical bags.

The trip was a follow-up to the training that Serve On volunteers did with ERUF, and the disaster risk reduction and management work they did with local schools in Cebu last year.

 Serve On dog team volunteer James with a would-be recruit to the local K9 task force.

Serve On dog team volunteer James with a would-be recruit to the local K9 task force.

A key part of the visit for the team was to liaise with locals who are keen to set up a K9 task force of their own, tapping into the Serve On dog team’s considerable expertise.

They met some of the would-be search and rescue dog owners and gave initial advice about training

It was another productive trip and our volunteers will hope to return to Cebu next year with bigger team.

The search for necessary funding has begun.