CADRE participants agree “these are important skills for us!”
All 26 participants graduated the course as CADRE community first responders. CADRE graduate Mr. Ruhul Amin spoke on behalf of the participants, saying; “This training has been a great event for us. It has demonstrated new and simple techniques to take care of disaster-affected people in an organized way. This will help us develop and enhance our skills to be better prepared.”
Ms. Shikha one of the 14 female participants, said; “Now we know how to treat injured people safely and give them first aid. These are important skills for us, since this community is located some distance from the district head quarters and it is not possible to access medical facilities quickly in an emergency. We have witnessed many severe injuries and been unable to help, just because we didn’t previously have the knowledge of these simple skills.”
The CADRE closing ceremony was held in the bamboo and colored cloth tent, set up for the training in Paikpara, on the afternoon of 18 November 2011. The CADRE graduates, instructors and ADPC facilitators were joined by Chief Guest, Professor Dr. M H Millat, Member, Managing Board, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), Special Guest, Md. Afsar Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Director, BDRCS, Mr. Mostafa Kamal Khan, Vice Chairman, Executive Committee of the Sirajgonj Unit of BDRCS, and
Deputy Assistant Director, Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD).
Dr. Millat awarded certificates to all participants, and said “We are grateful to the Instructors, FSCD, and ADPC, and all people who have made this training possible. I am confident that the lessons learned from this CADRE training will be of great help to this community, and also to nearby communities.”
Special guest Mr. Mostafa Kamal Khan who was also the chief guest of the opening ceremony on 16 November 2011, said; “I am very pleased to see the success of this training. People from Paikpara have learned many techniques to prepare them to face any kind of hazard which could strike the community in the future.”