Whilst deploying to assist with Search and Rescue after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, S.A.R.A.I.D became aware of the activities of Nepal Scouts who were helping to assist in the earthquake relief efforts . True to the aims of Scouting and Guiding, members of Nepal Scouts came together and helped in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and in the rebuilding phase after the disaster.
sharing our knowledge
Recognising the contribution that the Scouts made, SARAID wanted to help them further develop rescue and medical skills so that they could be even more effective when the next earthquake hits Nepal.
Working with Nepal Scouts, SARAID helped develop a specific Scout Medical and Rescue Techniques course (known as SMART), that would be delivered by SARAID to Scouters, Rovers, Rangers and Scouts in Nepal.
Preparing for the future
Having run a pilot course at Sundarijal Scout training Centre, 15km North East from Kathmandu, for more than 60 participants which proved to be a great success, we have returned regularly to carry out further training.
Our goal is to build a network of Scouts and rescue equipment. Each Scout, when trained in SMART, has an identity number and it is their task during a disaster to get to the equipment and begin the work of first responders. They are to report anyone trapped to the emergency chain of command and to mark the victims’ location with internationally understood symbols. In this way even if the police or army are unable to rescue them, when international teams arrive their location will be known and recorded so that specialist Search and Rescue teams such as ours can assist.
In just six days we can train sixty six Scouts, Guides and Rangers to become Rescue First Responders. With each course we deliver the strength of the First Responder network in Nepal grows. With each course we deliver the resilience of the communities grows stronger. Make a donation to S.A.R.A.I.D today and help us continue our work.