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By Chris Elliott……..
Last week we published the very sad news of the passing of Terry Carter the founder of the 112/CESV (Civil Emergency Service Volunteers) and we received the following message from Diane Loftus who is a member of CESV.
By Margaret Sheard …..
We have been given information by Laurence Floyd of two spectacular events which are being planned for 2018 and for those people planning a holiday in North Cyprus or the regular “swallows”, you might want to plan your visits around these dates in order not to miss some fabulous entertainment, which will be in aid of the Civil Emergency Service Volunteers (CESV).
By Margaret Sheard …..
The Beatlemania concert held at the Girne Amphitheatre on Saturday 16th September was a resounding success and there have been many comments congratulating Laurence Floyd and his team for an excellent show by Beatlemania and their supporting group Acoustic 4.
By Chris Elliott……..
Way back on April 23rd 2013, I had the opportunity to go to the TRNC Health Ministry in Lefkosa to witness the signing of an agreement that heralded the introduction of an emergency telephone text system that would enable people to text their blood group and local hospital detail to a database with the aim being to “Save a Life” by giving blood donations. To read this previous article please click here.
In the regular news feeds from Vicky Karaca at the Black Olive Cafe we noted her advice which we are sharing with our readers in the event that they may have to call for a TRNC 112 Ambulance.
I hope you are all enjoying this lovely Cyprus weather and feeling like coming out of hibernation to raise more money for equipment for the Girne Hospital and the Emergency Services.
We had reason to call an ambulance for someone about a week ago, we were in Alsancak and the response time was less than ten minutes and it was so rewarding to see the efficiency of the crew and the fully equipped ambulance – very different to a few years ago!
You can all pat yourselves on the back, knowing that we have all helped in some way to help achieve this. On a serious note, some of the people that witnessed the lady who was taken ill did not know how to call an ambulance.
TO CALL AN AMBULANCE YOU JUST DIAL 112!! ( No other code is necessary – just 112) Please pass on this information to anyone who does not know this.
Please may I also tell you that we have a First Aid Training course being hosted by the Anglo Turkish Association at the Black Olive Cafe as under.
WHAT: 3 day first aid training program by CESV (Civil Emergency Services Volunteers)
WHEN: Mon 22nd, Weds 24th, Fri 26th May 2017
TIME: 11.30am – 4.30pm each day
VENUE: Black Olive Cafe, Alsancak
COST: 175TL for the 3 days. To include a light lunch and unlimited tea/coffee throughout the day.
Monies minus the cost of lunches to be donated to CESV for the purchasing of necessary equipment.
More information can be obtained from Pearl – firstname.lastname@example.org”
By Chris Elliott……..
We live our lives from one minute to the next and perhaps do not even consider what we would do if we encountered the need for emergency first aid. Well now our local readers have the opportunity to attend an event hosted by the Anglo Turkish Association at the Black Olive Cafe in Alsancak.
This will be a 3 day first aid training program by CESV (Civil Emergency Services Volunteers) and having been part of the CESV/112 group in the past and reported on many of their activities, this is a must event for those that want to be prepared if they may ever have an emergency situation to deal with.
By way of helping CESV raise funds to purchase much needed equipment ATA has organised a first aid training course led by CESV. This was primarily for its members but has been opened up to non-members who might be interested.
More information can be obtained from Pearl Mitchell, Chairman of the Anglo Turkish Association of Northern Cyprus (ATA) by email on email@example.com.
By Chris Elliott…….
Last week people around the world were watching with horror live broadcasts on 22nd March 2017 of Westminster Bridge and the approach to the Houses of Parliament in the UK as a lone terrorist attack took place that left so many people dead or seriously injured.
Security and emergency service personnel rushed to the scene to contain the security risk and help those who had been injured and the overall impression was that the response was extremely quick. This could only have been achieved as a result of much training and preparation for an extreme event plus of course excellent communication and co-operation between the individual emergency services.
How ironic it was, that the following day I visited the Girne American University in Northern Cyprus to attend a workshop with friends who had experience of working as volunteer first responders in both the UK and the TRNC.
The TRNC Ministry of Health in conjunction with 112 Emergency Service Committee Coordinator and Vice Rector of GAU Medical Faculty, Dr. Mehmet Avcı had arranged this workshop to bring together representatives of the individual TRNC Government, Emergency Services, Hospitals and Private Hospital and First Responders from various search and rescue groups.
The main aim as we could understand it, is to seek to have an emergency services central command centre and also try to bring the private hospital ambulances under a central umbrella network so they can assist when the need arises.
It was good to note that the history of the 112 Ambulance Services was explained to the delegates and pointed out that the late President Rauf Denktaş, invited Terry Carter and his team from Thames Valley Rescue Unit in the UK to come to North Cyprus for a 5 year period to give first aid training to 2,000 people including nurses, police, civil defence workers and doctors.
Terry Carter came back to North Cyprus some years later and founded the 112 Volunteers which still continues to give first aid training and are now known as the Civil Emergency Service Volunteers (CESV).
The workshop was conducted in the Turkish language but with the visual display information used, our group were able to form impressions of the aim of the workshop during the period we attended the workshop. No doubt the tragic impact of the UK major incident focussed many minds there on the need for change and of our group these were the impressions gained.
I retired from the NHS in the UK where I worked in the forensic mental health sector and occupational therapy and was a fitness trainer for patients and also trained nurses and other medical staff in breakaway skills, restraint techniques and how to deal with patients in certain situations where de-escalations skills are required.
Now living in Northern Cyprus, my interest in attending this workshop was to find out if mental health was being considered in the presentation and also to find out how the TRNC 112 Ambulance Services came into being and how it functions and also how it is planning to try and develop a central communication centre so that steps can be taken to co-ordinate all emergency services so they can work as a cohesive unit when the need arises.
From my experiences I am aware that those with mental issues may be subject to trauma like most casualties in an incident, but it’s for first responders to try and establish this type of condition so appropriate treatment can be given
As a regular visitor to North Cyprus from Kent in the UK, I was delighted to attend this workshop as I am a volunteer Community First Responder attached to the UK Ambulance Service and our function as community first responders (CFRs) is to respond to local emergency calls and provide life saving first aid in those vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.
Community first responders are trained to assess the situation, providing immediate first aid if needed, and establish the patient’s previous medical history.
Attending this workshop and understanding how the TRNC emergency services operate, and having some knowledge of volunteer groups in North Cyprus, it seems a very valuable intention to try and bring all emergency services together under one communication network and also make better use of those volunteers that want to help, be they citizens or expatriates.
As Operations Director of CESV, I went along to the workshop with two colleagues, Gunilla Brander a retired Paramedic from Sweden who now lives in Northern Cyprus and Erman Bicen a Turkish Cypriot, who are both active members of our group of volunteer First Aiders and Trainers.
We have a long history as first aiders of working as a voluntary group alongside Sivil Savunma (Civil Defence) and also have ongoing contact with the police, hospitals, schools and others who we train so we welcomed the opportunity to listen to the plans to try to coordinate the communications of all TRNC emergency services which would help in the time of a major incident requiring all emergency services and agencies to respond together like we viewed the UK emergency services responding when they dealt with the UK Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament incident.
Cyprusscene is committed to bring further news to our worldwide readers, so through our friends and contacts we have made in connection with this event, we will endeavour to publish further news of the developments eminating from the 112 Emergency Ambulance Services Workshop at Girne American University.
By Margaret Sheard …..
We have received some more information from Laurence Floyd about the forthcoming Supper Club event on Wednesday 21st June.
The event is in aid of CESV (Civil Emergency Service Volunteers) and is being held at the Colony Garden, starting at 7.30pm. There will be a 3-course meal with new menu, welcome cocktail, and all drinks including imported spirits, which include Bacardi, Bombay Gin, Napoleon French Brandy, from 7.30pm to midnight.
Acoustic guitar player Marco will be performing from 7.30pm – 9pm whilst you eat… and there will be a self service tea and coffee station for those that prefer this after their meal.
Ticket prices have been held for the 4th year running at £55 per person, and will be available shortly together with the sales points.
There will be some excellent entertainment and Laurence has given some information about the performers.
“The 3 key guys from the superb Stylistics tribute we featured in June 2015, will be performing their Funky Weekend show…the very best of 60’s Motown grooves, 70’s Soul and Disco, and pioneers of the Dance floor to R&B. These guys have worked and performed with the greats..
Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eternal, Robbie Williams, Percy Sledge
Founder member of Heatwave, plus Hot Chocolate, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Bee Gees
Alexander O’Neal, High Tension, Light of the World, Katrina and the Waves “
This looks like being a brilliant evening so don’t delay in reserving a place as Supper Club events are always a sell-out.