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525th Engineer Combat Battalion
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:20:08 PM »
So this particular unit was had a display during the 1st Tactical & Survival Expo back in June. They had some fliers out and I wanted to basically transcribe the relevant information here as well as post some of the pictures I was able to take since the flyer is getting ratty and I was gonna throw it out.

525th Engineer Combat Battalion "Mandirigtas" (Mandirigmang Tagapagligtas)
51st Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army
Army Adzone, Western Bicutan, Taguig City

Who We Are
The 525th Engineer Combat Battalion, aside from being a combat support unit, is the primary Philippine Army Disaste Response Unit (PA DRU) since 16 March 2012. The unit designation is in line with the Command's intent to have a unit hat will have a focused development of DRO capabilities.

Our Mission
To provide combat engineer support to PA maneuver units and conduct disaster response and rescue operations.

How We Are Mobilized
Upon announcement from PAGASA of typhoon signal number 1 or upon approval of appropriate authority, the PA DRU is activated.

The Methodology
The PA DU provides HADR capability to the AFP in its conduct of Humanitarian and Disaster Response (HADR) operations in support to NDRRMC and other agencies in other to mitigate the effects of natural and man-made disasters.

Upon orders or when situation demands, the PA DRU is activated and organized with the 525th ECB as the nucleus augmented by one K9 Platoon, Truck Battalion from Army Support Command for mobility assets, one company each from Civil-Military Operations Group, Security and Escort Battalion, Special Services Unit, and a platoon from Signal Regiment. It conducts area assessment to determine the pertinent response needed establishes linkage with the affected LGU and appropriate resources are deployed. PA DRU conducts DRO in accordance with the operational concepts pf the Incident Command System. The operation is terminated upon orders.

Our Strength
The Command Group and Battle Staff are trained on Incident Command System (ICS-Level 4)

Our team with equipment:
    (3) Urban Search and Rescue Teams
    (3) Rescue Teams with Ropes & Hardware
    (9) Water Search and Rescue Teams
    Mass Casualty Decontamination Unit

What We Can Do
As the PA DRU, we can:
    Perform Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue
    Conduct confined space rescue operation
    Vehicular victim extraction
    Mountain and Forest Rope Rescue Operation
    Water Search and Rescue Operation with swift water and limited under water rescue capability
    Evacuation and transportation of disaster victims
    Conduct area reconnaissance, assessment and survey
    Provide emergency, medical First Response (BLS/EMT-BSC)
    Conduct limited heavy route clearing operations
    Support relief and rehabilitation operations
    Support water purification and filtration operations
    Mass Casualty Decontamination

What Shapes Us

Basic Competencies:
    Basic Rescue Training
    Incident Command System Course
     Basic Emergency Responders' Training
    Hazardous Material (Awareness Level)
    Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Training

Rope and Mountain Rescue
    Earthquake and Landslide Search and Rescue Training
    Rope Rescue Training (Building, Tower, Mountain)
    High Angle Training

Urban Search and Rescue
    Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Training
    Vehicular Accident Victim Extrication Training
    International Urban Search and Rescue Training
    Basic Fire Fighting Training
    Mass Casualty Decontamination Training

Water Search and Rescue
    Basic Water Search and Rescue Training
    Flood Incident Rescue and Safety Training
    Specialized Water Search and Rescue Training
    Swift Water Fist Responder Training
    SCUBA-Open water driving and Underwater First Responder Training

Our Partners
HADR Exercises:
    Hawaii Army National Guard
    Guam National Guard
    Royal Thai Army
    Royal Brunei Land Forces
    1st Corps U.S. Army
    United States Army Pacific

Capacity-building Training:
    Office of Civil Defense
    Philippine National Red Cross
    Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
    Department of Health
    Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices
    Center for Disaster and Emergency Management
    Philippine Coast Guard
    Bureau of Fire Protection
    U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency
What We Have Done
The unit has responded to:
    Typhoon Pablo (COMVAL Province) - Dec. 2012
    Typhoon Habagat (Metro Manila) - July 2012
    Typhoon Maring (Cavite) - Aug. 2013
    Typhoon Santi (Northern Luzon) - Oct. 2013
    Super Typhoon Yolanda (Tacloban) - Nov. 2013
    Typhoon Glenda (NCR and neighboring areas) July 2014
    Typhoon Mario (NCR and neighboring areas) - Sept. 2014
    Water Purification (Bicol, Albay) - Sept. To Dec. 2014
    Typhoon Lando (Central Luzon) - Oct. 2015
The unit participated as part of the Incident Management Team (IMT) for:
    Traslacion of the Black Nazarene - Jan. 2015
    Pope Francis' Apostolic and State Visit - Jan. 2015
    APEC 2015
    Translacion of the Black Nazarene - Ja. 2016

What We Intend to Do
To become fully effective, the unit must:
    Acquire competency certification
    Develop certified trainers and instructors
    Enhance capability for higher discipline, e.g. Fire fighting, air/water insertion into disaster areas
    Acquire relevant HADR equipment
    Develop TTPs and SOPs on DRO
    Sustain stakeholder engagement

Contact Details:
Tel. No. (02) 806-6660
Globe: 0905-557-1328
Smart: 0919-622-7524


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Re: 525th Engineer Combat Battalion
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2017, 11:29:31 PM »