Asia Pacific Alliance – Sri Lanka

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Search and Rescue 2020 Series

Search and Rescue 2020 Series

Mar 9, 2020

APAD – SL in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, successfully completed the 2020 Swift Water Rescue Training program in Kithulgala. Under the supervision of Japanese and Taiwanese expert instructors from the International Rescue Instructors Association, 50 participants from various sectors including Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Special Forces, Police Special Task Force, Sri Lanka Life Saving, Gammadda V Force and several other organizations were trained on crisis management during water based emergencies..

The participants were separated under the categories of Level 01 and Level 02 and were  exposed to various rescue operations on swift water including bay rescue, boat capsize, Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) maintenance, night training, swift water drifting,  throw bag rescue and fighting water current rescue.

The program which spanned across a week ( 29th February -7th March), came to a close at Mount Lavina beach on the final day, with the participation of all trainers and trainees whereby more rescue techniques were demonstrated and practiced, but on this occasion, at sea.

The team of experts from the International Rescue Instructors Association – Mr. Fang Wei-Chih, Mr. Wang Chen Chien, Mr. Huang Chun Yuan, Mr. Chiu-Chih-Shun, Mr. Lai Ciou-Hong and Mr. Su Ya-Wen
APAD-SL Country Director Mr. Firzan Hashim briefs Level 01 trainees
Chief instructor Mr. Huang Chun Yuan briefs Level 01 trainees
Level 01 participants take part in the swim test
Level 01 participants pose for a group photograph
Level 02 participants receive training from international experts
Level 02 participants engage in paddling techniques

Ms. Michelle Joseph – APAD-SL, Mr. Chevaan Daniel – Capital Maharaja Organization and Mr. Asanka Nanayakkara – Sri Lanka Life Saving were among the Level 02 Participants in Kithulgala
A-PAD-SL Country Director Mr. Firzan Hashim addresses the Level 02 participants
Chief Instructor Mr. Huang Chun Yuan addresses the Level 02 participants
Level 02 participants pose for a group photograph
Participants briefed on rescue operations at sea
The international team brief the trainees on maneuvering IRBs at sea
Participants try out the Boat Capsize exercise at Mount Lavinia