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Drilling to Remain Sharp

Bali Emergency Response Teams Conduct Practice Drills on South Kuta Beach

(11/3/2013) Imagine a horrible scenario in which a tourist vessel from Bali bound for Nusa Lembongan is struck by a large wave and capsizes with 20 tourists and 5 crew on board.

Such an imaginary series of events formed the background for an emergency drill undertaken by local citizens, water police and search and rescue officials on Thursday, October 31, 2013 near the Patra Jasa Beach, close to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.

As reported by DenPost, following procedures set forth and practiced to prepare for such situations, fishermen working near the Patra Jasa Beach raised the alarm with local villagers who contacted Search and Rescue workers, who immediately deployed to the scene of the accident.

As the floundering victims of the boat mishap were ferried to shore, triage and emergency first aid were administered by the First Response Team (TRC) of from the Badung Disaster Relief Team (BPBD). Survivors identified to be in a critical condition were sent to nearby hospitals by ambulance.

Thankfully, this was only an imaginary scenario undertaken as a practice drill by members of the community and official agencies coordinated by the Badung Disaster Relief Team (BPBD). In all, 65 members of Badung community groups; the Badung Indonesian Red Cross; instructors and trainers in natural disaster training; the Indonesian Armed Forces; and the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency – all participated in the drill.

Similar disaster drills are routinely carried out in various parts of Bali, encompassing both natural and man-made disasters, to maintain a high state of readiness among community members and emergency response teams.