TaRSIER 117 trains
On media relations
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 25, (PIA)—In their normal daily grind, their affinity to the stethoscope, sphygmomanometer and the trauma first aid is beyond question.
But when pressed for information relating to the critical conditions of their rescued victims, members of Bohol’s elite emergency medical services, have to fumble and mumble.
Along this, Bohol’s Telephone and Radio Systems Integrated Emergency Response (TaRSIER 117) emergency responders underwent media and community relations training with the Philippine Information Agency in a half-day workshop at the Aaron Hall of the Bohol Plaza Resort in Mayacabac Dauis.
The response team of the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), TaRSIER 117 responders attend to a menu of response services ranging from emergency medical services, fire alarms, high altitude rescue, underwater rescue, trauma response and trapped victim extraction from life threatening situations.
But owing to the sensational nature and drama of rescue, media personalities and curious individuals attempt to force out critical information from the responders for public consumption, sometimes disregarding privacy and ethics, aired Darwin Bernasor, Tarsier responder.
Not really familiar with the media operations, many TaRSIER responders find themselves in uncomfortable position when asked for rescue details and updates on air, Mark Sidney Galia added.
We do not know what to give out and fear we might be giving out critical information that would threaten the privacy of individuals, they agree.
The training, done in two modules of Media Handling and Building Relationships allowed the Tarsier rescue teams comprised mostly of emergency medical personnel, the rough picture of the media and their mission of passing information to the public.
At the workshop, TaRSIER responders tackled two emergency response situations: both needing serious consideration before engaging the media and curious individuals.
The workshop which also slightly delved on journalism ethics, considered responders’ response to information sought considering the international treaties which the Philippines is a signatory as well as the media rules of coverage and the radio and television codes.
It is a positive development when emergency responders help educate the community in covering crisis situations, rescue events and other emergency responses, TaRSIER’s Maynard Butalid also commented. In the advent of accessible social media, responders can also talk to curious onlookers what to take for the social media, careful not to trespass the privacies of people and protecting reputations and dignities of people. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
PDRRMC emergency responders huddle to come up with a response to a hypothetical emergency rescue situation during a media relations and building relationships training held at the Bohol Plaza Resort. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)