Little Anne in the Wake of the Philippines Typhoon
Knowing CPR equips people with life-saving skills, wherever in the world. Little Anne was used to train local volunteers on Bantayan Island in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Martin Sean Peters, a Firefighter/Paramedic with Dublin Fire Brigade, Ireland, travelled to the Philippines to help train locals in emergency first aid.
“Recently I had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines on behalf of an Irish charity called Disaster Tech Lab to aid in the disaster response after Typhoon Haiyan. After over 3 days of travelling from Ireland I arrived on one of the many islands that make up the Philippines. Bantayan Island had been devastated by the typhoon which happened in November 2013. 95% of the buildings were damaged, with the vast majority being destroyed. The loss of life thankfully was minimal due to the quick action of a local response agency called the Barangay Volunteer Emergency Response Team (BVERT).
As soon as I arrived, the first question we asked the team was what do you need? And the answer was training!
The local responders felt helpless because they knew they could help but just didn’t have the training. So we set about drawing a training plan on a scrap of paper and quickly gathered any spare medical equipment we could find. Wooden backboards, along with a few half-empty medical bags, arrived. When I thought all was lost, one of the team walked in holding our crowning jewel, a Laerdal Little Anne CPR Training Manikin. My eyes lit up - our ad hoc EMS training school was in business!
Thanks to its robust construction, after a quick clean up Anne was as good as new. From then on, in between delivering rice, water and tarpaulins for shelter, we managed to train 40 local volunteers in CPR. Without the Laerdal Little Anne CPR Training Manikin we wouldn’t have been able to empower the local responders and teach them how to help their local community.
My time on the island was two short. But I will be back, this time with a Laerdal Little Family Pack!”
Martin Sean Peters
Dublin Fire Brigade
Firefighter / Paramedic
MSc Major Emergency Management
Increasing the number of people trained in CPR is vital in order to improve the first steps of the Chain of Survival.
In turn, this will help improve survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrests.