by Eric Haurupma – EM TV, Port Moresby
At least 39 PNGDF soldiers have completed their basic disaster emergency training exercises at the Tarauma Barracks, outside of Port Moresby today.
This training is part of the US Military medical services to educate PNG soldiers on the kind of first aid to use when there are casualties during disasters.
After a week-long disaster emergency training at Taurama Barracks outside of Port Moresby, the 39 PNG soldiers received their certificates, at the graduation ceremony today.
This training also provides an opportunity for PNGDF soldiers who will be assisting in providing medical treatment to casualties during natural disasters and especially those engaged in the Pacific Games.
US Military Officer in Charge, LT Colonel Courtney Finkbeiner, said this is a specialised training which forges closer links between PNG and USA.
To officially conclude the event, the soldiers conducted a mass casualty exercise.
Hands-on training includes how to apply bandages to fractured bones, mobilise the fractured spine and how to treat and approach casualties.
This course is an exchange of information and ideas between USA and PNG. It provides an opportunity for PNGDF soldiers to take a prioritised approach to medically manage and treat critically injured patients.
Gifts were exchanged between soldiers with PNG soldiers, who presented bilums whilst they received military coins from their counterparts.