Knowing how to respond to distressing situations such as saving a person from choking or knowing how to deal with someone who is unconscious is the goal for Majuro Atoll Local Government (MALGov). A group of 25 MALGov police officers were certified with first aid recognition from the Marshall Islands Red Cross Society (MIRCS) earlier this month.
A second group of 25 is currently undertaking the MIRCS First Aid Response Training. The training commenced August 5, and is held every Friday at the MALGov Delap police station. There are four groups of 25 officers, and each group takes two Fridays to get fully equipped with theory and practical skills.
MALGov Sheriff Will Lathrop confirmed on the first day of training that Majuro Mayor Ladie Jack backed the police force capacity development by sponsoring $5,000 for MIRCS training fees ($50 fee per person).
MIRCS official Harry Herming said each trainee is required to achieve 16 hours of training to be eligible for testing and if they pass, get certification.
MALGov’s Rod Kabua, who oversees police operations, confirmed that the first group who were certified were the police departments’ first responders from each public safety division (Operations, Criminal Investigation Division, and Traffic).
Read more about this in the August 26, 2016 edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.