UP Manila DRRM-H Basic Emergency Response Team Simulation Training (March 13-14, 2024)


On March 13-14, 2024, UP RI representative Mr. Franklin Joshua Gali from the Institution Building Division participated in the Basic Emergency Response Simulation Training in the UP Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Health (DRRM-H) Center. Located in the UP Manila Main building, this two-day training session had participants from both the private and public sectors. The main objective of the program was to instill the importance of emergency response skills with a focus on command and control, communication, and collaboration.

Image 1: EMT Menzo Bulatao presenting a sample incident scene with cordons

A total of three modules were prepared that centered around these topics. Each module began with a lecture led by EMT Menzo Bulatao. These would then be followed by a case study and simulation focussing on the topics discussed. These simulations utilized two types of systems; the Emergo Train System (ETS) and the XVR Simulation. The ETS is a tabletop simulation exercise wherein “roles” of patients and equipment were represented by magnetic symbols. Participants were then tasked to place these magnetic symbols on sections of a whiteboard to signify the actions they intend to take. On the other hand, the XVR simulation used virtual reality equipment to display the scenarios on a monitor which depicted the scenarios described during the exercise.


Image 2: The Emergo Train System tool in use as magnetic figures are placed on a whiteboard.
On the monitor, the XVR Simulation software displays the emergency scenario.
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Each simulation exercise assigned the participants in different roles in an emergency and disaster situation. For example, a participant who was assigned to be part of the logistics team in the first simulation could become part of the evacuation team in the next. After the completion of all three modules and corresponding activities, the training then culminated in one final grand simulation which incorporated all the lessons learned.

Image 3: Debriefing session after the final simulation.
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Image 4: Group photo of the participants and observers for UP DRRM-H’s Basic Emergency Response Team Simulation Training (March 14,2024).
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Prepared by:

Franklin Joshua G. Gali
Junior Project Assistant