Social Affairs Ministry Prepares Personnel with Skills to Rescue People in Waters

Wednesday, 16-June-2021 15:22

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (right) and a personnel from BASARNAS.
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (right) and a personnel from BASARNAS.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs prepares disaster management personnel who are able to rescue victims in the water.

"Indonesia consists of islands surrounded by seas and rivers. Thus disaster management personnel should have the ability to help in the water," said Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, in Jakarta, on Wednesday (06/16/2021).

Risma said the ability to help people in the waters is very useful in handling disasters.

The training on the ability of rescue personnel on land is considered to be qualified with various techniques and strategies, but rescue skills in water must be trained.

"So far, it is recognized that the rescue personnel's skills on land are already qualified, it's just a matter of helping people in the water, which must continue to be honed," she said.

In aiding disaster victims, in addition to being required to have qualified personnel, they must also have physical endurance that cannot be taken lightly.

Given the ability to help in water is very useful in disaster management, synergy is needed across ministries and agencies (K/L).

"The training of disaster management personnel works in synergy by bringing in instructors from the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas)," Risma said.

Director of Potential Development at Basarnas, M Hernanto, said that every participant in the training in handling water rescue must attend training for 72 hours.

"The ability that every disaster management personnel must have in the water is swimming, if you can't swim, how can you help?," he said.

The equipment used in rescue in water areas, apart from rubber boats for evacuation, is also standard equipment in water rescue.

"In addition to being required for every personnel to be able to swim, they are also given training to use various standard rescue equipment in the waters," he said.

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