Antara News, Monday, November 23, 2009 17:10 WIB
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia recently hosted the 10th Asia-Pacific Induction Training for Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRT) participated in by personnel from Red Cross organizations in 10 countries.
According to a press release from Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) received here on Monday, the activity was held at Puri Khatulistiwa, Jatinangor, West Java on November 12-22, 2009.
Participants of the training came from Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations in 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, namely the Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, Timor Leste, China, Japan, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Malaysia.
A staffer at the Indonesian Red Cross`s Disaster Mitigation Division, Ahmad Djaelani, said each country was represented by two or three participants in the training. All of them were selected from a previous regional disaster mitigation training program held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Participants of the training in Indonesia, he added, were urged to have an experience in joining national disaster respond team and ready to be sent to several disaster location in Asia-Pacific region for 2-8 weeks.
Among materials given to the participants was cultural knowledge and laws valid in each country where the two factors were considered an important reference to disaster response teams to be sent abroad.
The training also included a disaster response simulation where the scenario and atmosphere were made similar to an actual post-disaster situation starting from initial briefing, quick response at the disaster`s location and debriefing after completion of the humanitarian tasks.
Ahmad said this year`s training was different from the previous one held in Singapore where the local committee had not included more specific skiil training. All of instructor in the training were from experts and alumni from Indonesia.