When Dr. Karl “Fritz” Disque, executive director of the Disque Foundation and practicing anesthesiologist, arrived at the Paltiw Fire volunteer station in the Pasig City community, he immediately recognized diligence and motivation he never expected to encounter. The volunteer firefighters, an exceptionally enthused team, were prepared to learn the much needed skills and knowledge to help shape their community into a safer, more equipped place. Dr. Disque arrived eager to implement the global mission of the Disque Foundation onto the Pasig City community: empowering others to save a life.
The spontaneous visit to Pasig City was due to Dr. Disques personal decision to extend his mission work in the Philippines. His original plan to only attend the MyEO social entrepreneurship summit became an opportunity to provide missionary work and training to the citizen’s of the Philippines. Prior to their Pasig City arrival, the Disque Foundation team knew they would be meeting a group of committed volunteer firefighters and were astonished at the amount of sacrifice each individual on the team forwent for the safety of their families, friends, and neighbors of the community.
This past summer, the heroic group was transformed from firemen heroes to enthusiastic learners, as Dr. Disque instructed each individual on ways to make their community even safer and healthier.
At the forefront of their firefighter training, Paltiw Fire lacked the appropriate and absolutely necessary tools in order to become properly equipped healthcare providers. The volunteers blew Dr. Disque off his feet as they excelled in their training after one day.
Dr. Disques lectures centered on teaching the volunteers everything they would need to know about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillators, and first aid (CPR, AED, & First Aid). During the lectures, Dr. Disque and the students became very close. Volunteers shared stories of responding to emergency situation but feeling helpless in the moment due to a lack of knowledge. Volunteers remembers having to just send victims to nearby medical clinics where CPR and first aid were known.
Prior to the course, the firefighting volunteers were fire aid responders without the proper knowledge to save those in all emergencies, but after training they became heroes in their community with the abilities and knowledge to practice basic steps of CPR and first aid with certainty.
The lecture material and instruction taught were derived from National Health Care Provider Solution’s own CPR, AED & First Aid course, which adheres to the American Heart Association’s 2010 standards and guidelines. This all-encompassing course is intended to provide knowledge for any emergency for infants, children and adults. The Disque Foundation feels extremely grateful for NHCPS’s commitment to completely fund and support trips such as this one. Together, NHCPS and the Disque Foundation are able to teach inspiring individuals globally to help save lives through new medical technology and healthcare knowledge.
With a newfound ambition, empowering 1 million people to save a life by 2020, Dr. Disque and the rest of the team at the Disque Foundation are proud to have made a difference in the community of Pasig City. The Disque Foundation feels tremendously grateful for the opportunity to teach the volunteer firefighters of Palatiw Fire. The domino effect, when one individual teaches those around him or her and so on, can provide a massive impact and can lead to fewer deaths all over the world.