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Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation

“We serve so that others may live.”

Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation saves and mitigates loss of lives and properties against accidents and calamities through the setting up of nationwide paramedic network that completely provides emergency medical, rescue and prehospital care, rehabilitation of services, as well as training programs that can effectively respond to the needs of the community.

History July 1986

Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation was organized from the displaced paramedics of Mandaue Rescue Unit Foundation who felt that there was a need to continue providing efficient and effective rescue and emergency medical services to the resident of Metro Cebu ERUF was operational

April 22, 1988

The Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation Phils. Inc. or ERUF was already a corporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commision

Mission A safer and peaceful community attained through a service oriented Paramedic organization inspired by its Fraternal Volunteerism. Vision

ERUF shall save lives and mitigate loss of property against accidents and calamities through the setting up of a nationwide paramedic network to competently provide emergency medical and pre-hospital care, rescue and rehabilitation services as well as training program that can effectively respond to the needs of the community.

Organizational Structure and Setup
The organizational set-up of ERUF follows functional lines with a Board of Trustees as the main policy-making body. The respective officers handle the day-to-day operations. Members are grouped according to the different advisory councils namely: communications, operations, legal, technical and medical. The organizational set-up is shown below. Advisory Council Board of Trustees Operation s Trained EMT’s Volunteer Paramedic Trainees

Communicati ons

Technical Advisory Council

Medical Advisory Council


ERUF’s revenues came from the following: ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ 1% membership dues 2% donations 28% cebu city subsidy 38% Lapu-Lapu subsidy 18% EMS 10% lectures 3% other income Disbursements : 65% operational 6% acquisition 25% administrative 4% miscellaneous

Emergency Medical and Rescue Capabilities

The work is handled by two shifts of paramedics who are on duty 24 hours a day at its main headquarters at Cebu Medical Society Compound, Banilad, Cebu and Sub-stations at Cebu City Sports Complex and Lapulapu City. To augment manpower requirements of ERUF, members are over a hundred volunteers who have been trained for several hundred hours on a broad range of subjects in the field of emergency medical treatment. The training of EMT volunteers includes physical conditioning and lectures that lasts for 6 months and continues every weekend thereafter. Lectures are taken from the members of the Medical Advisory Council and from the experts in the field of rescue operations. Also providing assistance to the paramedics are the members for the other advisory councils. Classification of Membership: • • • • • 32-Full Time Paramedics 152-Paramedic Volunteers 10-Operations Personnel 26-Communications Personnel 81-Medical Doctors (Board Certified and Specialists in the following field: orthopedic, Surgery, cardiology, pulmonology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, pediatrics, psychiatry, nephrology, ophthalmology, radiology, OB-Gynecology, surgery and urology)

• • • • • • • • • • • • • 1-Command Vehicle 1-Medic Response Van 1-Maintenance Van 13-Ambulances 1-Trauma Van 2-Paramedic Response Vehicle 5-Fire Engines 1-Water Tanker 1-Enervan (45 KVA) 1-Advance Road Rescue Vehicle (ARRV) 2-Rescue Truck 1-Unimog – SAR Vehicle 1-Mobile Kitchen

• • 1-Boston Whaler-SAR 1-Aluminum Boat

A. Communication

Base Radio stations are equipped with full line capabilities to include amateur, commercial, marine, air band, and single side band frequencies; portable radio transceivers for paramedics; mobile transceivers for all vehicles; two fixed repeaters; 1 portable repeater; quick response communication kit; and 5 mobile phones. The central dispatch station has 3 consoles and CAD operated using Powerphone Computer dispatch system. B. Firefighting Fire trucks are equipped with hoses, nozzles, adaptors, connectors, fire coats, proximity aluminum suits, self-contained breathing apparatus, and portable fire pumps; a quick response vehicle with light water for vehicle fires. Two trucks are capable of fighting oil and crash fires. All personnel have individual SCBA and has the capability to refill bottles on sight if needed. C. Medical EKG monitor defibrillators, AEDS, Respirators, ambubags, pulse oximeters, ACLS kits, first response kits, automatic/mechanical sphygmomanometers, medical rescue kits, drug kits, automatic portable ventilators, portable and manual suction machines, stretchers, glucometers, first response disaster kits, backboards, litters, etc. D. High Rise and Mountain Search Rescue Rappelling rope, ascenders, harness, rescue pulleys, tents, belts, carabiners, stoves, sleeping bags. CMS rescue bags, and portable Global Positioning System. The unit also has the latest 3rd Gen night Vision Device and Thermal Imager for SAR in the country. E. CSSR/Extrication/Entrapment/Electrocution and Towing Rescue

Motor driven and manual extricators and cutters, towing bars, electrical winch, block and tackle, dragging chains, low and high pressure extrication bags, percussive tools, cinch rescue collars, porto power circular saw, extenders, rotary rescue saw, reciprocating saw, rotary hammer drill, demolition hammer, ventilators. F. Water Rescue Fiberglass boat with engine, aluminum boat, Boston-whaler: life preservers, life rings, oxygen cylinders, scuba and diving equipment. About 6 personnel are qualified rescue divers and unit has 10 sets of diving equipment. G. Lighting System Halogen headlamps, flashlights,Q-beams, forehead lamps, fog lights, dome lights, multitronic flashlights; hazard and rotary lights, 2 generators, enervan. H. Training Equipment Overhead projector, slide projector, personal computers, digital projector, resusci-anne shields, AHA-Laerdal ACLS simulator, OB training mannequin, actar mannequins, resusci-anne mannequin, skillmeter anne, training diskettes, intubation mannequin, IV training arm, Beta and VHS tapes on rescue training and operations. I. Disaster Kit Three (3) Triage and Treatment Tents, Surgical tent and emergency surgical equipment with anesthesia machine and autoclave, medical supplies that can serve 300 victims, portable kitchen, toilet and bath, trailer load of stretchers, food supplies for responding personnel that will last for a week.

Key Services of ERUF

Emergency Medical Services


Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

Technical High Angle Rescue and Rope Rescue


Dive Rescue

Confined Space and Cave-In Rescue

Air Crash Rescue

Responding to Emergency and Alarm Calls

Coded Alarms
Fire Alarms (100) Cardiac Emergencies (99) Poisonings (88) Electrocution (77) Drowning (66) Vehicular Emergencies (55) Cave-ins (44) Shooting/Stabbings(33) Gas Leaks (22) Suicides (11)

Safety Promotion and Disaster Preparedness Seminars

Barangay Disaster Brigades

Paramedics and Volunteers Continuing Education

Trainings Conducted By ERUF Paramedic Institute
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT COURSE Instructors: 20 Duration: 8 hours ADVANCE FIRST AID Instructors: 8 Duration: 24 hours EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN Instructors: 10 EMT’s, 4 Paramedics and 25 Doctors Duration: 6 months MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDER COURSE Instructors: 10 Duration: 2 weeks ADVANCE LIFE SUPPORT COURSE Instructors: 10 EMT’s, 10 Doctors Duration: 1 week BASIC TRAUMA COURSE Instructors: 10 Paramedics, 6 Doctors Duration: 1 week PEDIATRIC ADVANCE LIFE SUPPORT Instructors: 5 Paramedics, 3 Doctors Duration: 1 week BASIC FIRE FIGHTING COURSE Instructors: 5 (all foreign trained) Duration: 1 month USE AND MAINTENANCE OF SCBA Instructors: 4 (all foreign trained) Duration: 2 days ADVANCE ROAD RESCUE EXTRICATION Instructors: 1 International Certified, 4 Foreign Trained Extrication Technicians Duration: 1 week URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE COURSE Instructors: 4 Duration: 2 weeks DISASTER MANAGEMENT COURSE Instructors: 3 Duration: 1 week

BASIC ROPE PRACTICE Instructors: 4 Duration: 3 days SAFETY ON LIFE AT SEA Instructors: 4 (all foreign trained) Duration: 2 weeks SCUBA DIVING Instructors: 4 (all foreign trained) Duration: 1 week PRE – HOSPITAL TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT Instructors: 14 International Certified Duration: 2 DAYS HAZARDOUS MATERIALS Instructors: 1 International Certified Duration: 1 month COMBAT LIFE SAVER COURSE Instructors: 10 Duration: 2 weeks BARANGAY DISASTER BRIGADE Instructors: 3 Duration: 1 week

Requirements for Becoming an ERUF Volunteer
Qualifications: •

18 years old and above At least 2nd year college Physically and Mentally Fit Willing to undergo and excel in training. Resume with picture Application letter addressed to :

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Online Application :

Mr. Herminio Cortes Operations Director Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation

ERUF Headquarters
Base 1 CMS Compound, Gov. Cuenco Ave. Banilad, Cebu City Tel. No.: (63) (32) 233-9300, (63) (32) 416-2664 Fax No.: (63) (32) 232-7850 Base 2 Lapulapu City Tel. No.: (63) (32) 340-2994 Base 3 Cebu City Sports Complex Tel. No.: (63) (32) 255-7287

References: McBatiller III.Personal Interview. 3 February 2010.