The United Arab Emirates University organized a training workshop for female university students about the National Emergency Response Volunteer Program (SANID) in the theater in the College of Information Technology. It lasted for five days (from Sunday January 31st to Thursday February 4th 2016). It served to enhance the university's community role in the transfer of skills and knowledge.
The workshop seeks to train female students and prepare them to be community volunteers that can help in crises and emergencies. It included a definition of the objectives of the program; the role of the leader in implementing tasks; teamwork; first aid and search and rescue operations in emergencies situations.
Dr. Ali Al Dabbagh, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry in the College of Sciences, said that this series of training courses were aimed at enabling students to help in times of need. For example, how to respond to emergencies, disasters and fires. The program imparts practical and theoretical knowledge to those who wish to join the National Emergency Response Volunteer team, or just learn how to respond in an emergency.
Afra Al Balushi, the SANID representative at UAEU, said that the workshop responds to the desire of the students to serve the nation through volunteer programs. They will gain the necessary training and certification and can take refresher courses to maintain their skills. This training course includes 35 hours of community emergency response training. The training includes dealing with disasters, fires, leadership skills, medical operations and specialized courses in psychology and search and rescue, which highlights how to assess rescue scenario priorities.
Trainers gave a practical presentation which the students participated in both theoretically and practically. They had to take control of a fire situation, administer first aid, evacuate an area and organize guidance and counseling operations in disasters situations.
SANID is a voluntary program in the UAE and involves disaster experts and trainers. It works in cooperation with the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), the Civil Contingencies Agency of the Defense Ministry of Sweden and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).