US Embassy provides life saving training
The US Embassy in Sri Lanka provided medical training and medical first-responder material to members of the Sri Lanka Life Saving Association (SLLSA) recently, the US Embassy said on Wednesday (31March) in a posting on its website.
The programme, given free of charge was held over two months from 24 January to 27 March 2021 at SLLSA Headquarters (Surf Club), Mt Lavinia.
The programme focused on physical fitness, medical first responder training, rescue swimming, warning signs/flags and characteristics of dangerous currents, it said.
It was part of an effort by the US Embassy’s Civil Military Support Element (CMSE) to help prevent drowning in Sri Lanka.
“The American people are committed to enhancing the safety of Sri Lankans – we’re proud to help build water safety skills that may save the lives of so many people, including children,” the US Embassy, quoting Weston Kennedy of the US Embassy speaking at the graduation ceremony for trainees which was held on Saturday (27 March) at SLLSA Hqrs, Mt. Lavinia, said. SLLSA is the national body for lifesaving and water safety-related activities in Sri Lanka.
US Embassy staff also partnered with the Ministries of Health, Education and Tourism to support the establishment of the first national water safety policy in Sri Lanka, it added.
Also in July 2020, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz donated rescue boat engines and other lifesaving equipment to SLLSA President Asanka Nanayakkara in Bentota. The donation included Suzuki 40 horsepower (hp) outboard motors for use with inflatable rescue boats, 44 safety helmets for boat operators, 11 rescue ropes and 22 lifebuoy rings, the Embassy in conclusion said. (PA)