Civil Defence Commission Volunteer Corps (CDC VC) weekend camp

Georgetown, Guyana , May 31st, 2013 (CDC) - The Civil Defence Commission Volunteer Corps (CDC VC) with funding and support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), conducted a weekend training camp at Pandama Retreat for its volunteers during the period May 25-26, 2013.

Twenty six (26) volunteers were drawn from regions 4 and 6 and taken the Linden/Soesdyke Highway location where they established a tent city and participated practical field training exercises. The training done with the volunteers was designed to equip them with necessary life skills while at the same time exercising them in situations that mimic that which they will likely encounter during times of emergencies/disasters.

Training was done in the following areas:


  • First Aid/Triaging
  • Basic Navigational Skills: Use of the compass and global positioning system (GPS)/map reading and navigation
  • Searching Techniques
  • Dealing with cases of snake bite, and choking
  • Basic radio communication (VHF/HF)


Apart from the training activities, the volunteers were also given opportunities to be involved in games and other social activities. This was another measure taken to ensure that the CDC Volunteers are better prepared and ready to answer the call of duty whenever called upon to so do.


CDC Volunteers using the Global Positioning System (GPS) during the training activities at the weekend camp The tent city set up by the CDC Volunteers during at the weekend camp
CDC Volunteers preparing lunch for their fellow volunteers at the weekend camp CDC Volunteers during basic radio communication training at the weekend camp