Third Manila rescue march challenge

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The third Rescue March (Mass Assembly for Rescue and Care for Humanity) Challenge was held last Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Rescue Squads in Metro Manila (national, local government units, volunteer and corporations) was held in four quadrants of Oplan Yakal (West to South), from Bonifacio Shrine, Manila  City to Villamor Airbase, Pasay City.

Rescue squads (7man-squad) who participated were dressed in their respective rescue uniforms with PPEs (personal protective equipment), rigged with backpacks and other life-saving gadgets.

This is a simulation response-exercise to a magnitude 7.2 earthquake scenario in Metro Manila that assumes breakdown of basic infrastructure in which rescuers have to travel on foot with their rescue equipment. This is not a competition but rather a collective assessment of the response capability (individual rescuer physical endurance/unit capability) of each rescue unit and the inter-operability of different rescue organizations in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The 3rd RESCUE MARCH CHALLENGE is organized by ORANGE HELMETS, a humanitarian and emergency response operator (HERO) force multiplier group supported by MMDA, OCD-NCR, and the Emergency Response Integration Center (ERIC). [AW2C Naga/IDG]

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