A massive hats off to one of our trainers, Kalpesh Diyar, who recently spent some time volunteering in Gambia, teaching newly qualified nurses and red cross youth volunteers BLS and management of bleeding and fractures. This was all part of his ongoing work for the charity Humanity First.
“I have been involved with Humanity First for over 10 years now. I’ve also been a member of UK International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) for over 24 years.
Initially I was asked to help write a chapter on basic survival in a manual they were creating for medics deploying overseas.
I gave them my ideas and suggested that instead of just writing a manual we should create a course to actually train people.
This led to the birth of our Disaster Response Course. I became a founder member of the faculty and deputy director of disaster operations.
We have so far ran over 20 courses and taught in the UK, Canada and America.
We have trained over 400 medics in disaster response, many have gone on to volunteer their skills to train others in developing countries and some also deployed on emergency missions across the globe. Our last major deployment was in Nepal following the devastating earthquake there.
This is how I ended up in the Gambia for the third time in as many years. I taught during the day and worked in the hospital in the evenings to ensure the students were able to put into practice what we had taught them. I also met with the local fire chief and we discussed plans for future training and collaboration with our charity.”
What amazing work and dedication – we’re very lucky and proud to have Kal on the Alpha Training team.
If you’d like to find out some more about Kal, and the incredible work undertaken across the globe by the Humanity First team, take a look at their webite: