A group of Filipino first aid providers turned American Red Cross responders are being honoured by the American Red Cross for their involvement in calamities, disasters and assistance up and down the East Coast of the United States.
The Filipino Amateur League in Connecticut state (FALConn) are being honored as this year’s recipient of the “Good Neighbor Award” – the group is known to many as FALConn Injury Reponse and Safety Team and their honour is being presented for making significant humanitarian contributions in support of their local Red Cross Chapter.
“Some of us had additional training on disaster, so during Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene they asked our group again to man their shelters,” said FALConn first responder Ariel Magtibay.
American Red Cross instructor Jesse Streeter is teaching them how to recognize and respond to an emergency as quickly as possible.
“Emergencies happen without a moment’s notice, and if you don’t know anything to do, that person can actually die because you don’t know what to do. So it’s very important for everyone to know these skills,” said Streeter.
Magtibay said, “We need to be involved so we can help them more. We can help the Red Cross to communicate more sa mga Pilipino na masasalanta ng disaster na to and at the same time it’s like rendering service to the community.”