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Army to make changes in training after cadet dies of heat stroke 05/22/2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Army to make changes in training after cadet dies of heat stroke

The Army leadership will be making adjustments in training activities for soldier-applicants following the death by heat stroke of one trainee in Isabela province on Wednesday, a military spokesman said yesterday.

“We have to study (what changes should we make in the training procedures) because of climate change and intense temperature nowadays. We have to make adjustments in schedule of training if trainees are undergoing strenuous activities,” Armed Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said. 

On Wednesday, prospective Army recruit Ericson Pascua, of Cordon town, Isabela, died of heat stroke after almost completing initial exercises during reception day training at the Army’s 5th Infantry Division (ID) headquarters in Camp Melchor dela Cruz in Gamu town, Isabela.

Pascua passed out in the last stages of the reception exercises while 16 other fellow trainees of his suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration. He later on died despite hours of attempts to revive him in a private hospital in Isabela.
The 16 other trainees were declared out of danger and were back training. 

A total of 350 prospective recruits are undergoing training under the 5th ID.

On Wednesday morning, the temperature in Tuguegarao City, which was 100 kilometers away from the training facility, was registered at 39.7 degree Celsius.

Burgos said Army chief Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu has already issued a guidance not to conduct strenuous activities during the intense heat.... MORE  

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20100522nat8.html


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