Challenge with a Smile – April 2013

April 22, 2013 in First Aid Events

The Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit (EFRU) has become synonymous with a number of fund-raising activities held on our islands throughout the years. In line with the Community Assistance Program (CAP), the EFRU is always on the front line to give its services during such charity events. On Sunday 21st April 2013, members of the EFRU provided First Aid assistance and support in the triathlon ‘Challenge with a Smile’, an annual event held to raise funds for Puttinu Cares Cancer Support Group. The event consisted of a series of challenges, including swimming, cycling and running.

Three EFRU units, equipped with enhanced first aid kits, spinal boards and water rescue throw-lines, reported for duty at 0700 hrs, where they were briefed with all the happenings by the organisers. One team was stationed at Valletta Waterfront, the final destination of the triathlon, to ensure safety, and work pro-actively in preventing the public from venturing close to the quayside, while the other two teams were designated to assist and accompany participants during the swim and cycle challenges.

The triathlon commenced at 0730 hrs with a 2km swim across Birzebbuga bay. Not long after the start of the challenge, the EFRU were called in for first aid on a participant after injuring his sole on broken glass, buried in sand. Later at 0900 hrs, all participants cycled from Birzebbuga to Valletta Waterfront. One of our EFRU vehicles, in collaboration with the police, led the cyclists to their destination, while the EFRU Ambulance team brought up the rear, supporting any cyclists who were lagging behind. All teams were in constant radio communication, ensuring smooth coordination.

The triathlon came to an end with an 8 km run/ 4 km walk along the Valletta ring road. The ambulance team was deployed to roam along the route, while the other two EFRU teams were stationed at strategic points to ensure maximum safety for all participants.

Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported along the route other than some minor first aid, where as always, our EFRU first-aiders were readily prepared to reassure the casualties, administer the adequate treatment and give advice.

Miriam Cristina
EFRU Rescuer