Red Cross PHEC course in Christchurch

I flew out of Rio on the 24th of October, arriving back in Christchurch on the 26th. I am planning to stay in New Zealand until the 14th of December, when I will be flying back to Brazil.

From the 2nd to the 4th of November I participated in a Pre Hospital Emergency Care course with the New Zealand Red Cross, having previously completed the pre-course theory assignment.

Here are some photos from the course.

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Car accident

I came across a one car crash on my way back from the shops this afternoon. Fortunately, a nurse was taking care of the driver so I didn't have to do anything except hand her the gloves from my first aid key ring.

I was very impressed with the no-fuss Kiwi way that the paramedic, ambulance, two fire trucks and two cop cars all arrived on the scene, but then I remembered that it is Sunday afternoon in Christchurch and they didn't need to use their sirens are there are almost no cars on the road!

I had an unexpected visit to the US in mid October, from the 10th through to the 21st. Most of this time was spent with the Iris Global base at Abiline - Texas, where we were working on possibly developed a disaster response missions training and sending centre. I was also able to train one person as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager during this time.

I also had the opportunity to visit the Austin Disaster Relief Network in the centre of Austin - TX, which is an amazing networking of over 170 churches that work together in disaster preparedness and response. We also visited some ministries in Houston before I fly back to Brazil on the 20th, arriving in Rio on the 21st.

The trip was an unexpected but very worthwhile experience.

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