Sunday, November 11, 2007

NGO Security Scenario #5

You are working in a conflict zone and are part of a small convoy of three vehicles heading to a project site one morning. Press the play button below to see what happens next.

What are your primary concerns immediately following the event? What actions would you take? Would it have been beneficial to have a trip plan filed prior to this incident? Do your organization's vehicles carry first aid kits? If so, would the contents typically found in the field be useful in a situation like this? Share your thoughts by clicking on COMMENTS below.


Anonymous Pemba said...

1.Is everyone ok in the other vehicles.
2.Are we going to come under fire
3.Is it an ambush
4.Is there a second device(bomb)within the area

1.Reverse and drive away from the area as soon as possible
2.Check the status of the other vehicles and its occupants.if they have not move out of that area inform them to do so
3.If any one is injured and can be treated by us, treat them and move them to the nearest hospital.if one is serious injured, start the medi vac procedures
4.Inform the our area office and other aid agencies that may be within the area about the explosive.


1.As in all conflict zone areas,a travel plan has to be filed before leaving for the area to be visited.
2.The medical kit may be adequate depending on the injuries sustained

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Kevin Toomer said...

As in video my first response would be to back up to a safe distance to avoid a potential second IED or follow up ambush. Secondly, communicate with base and advise. Third, assess ability to (relatively)safely assist casualties in first vehicle. Finally, I'd coordinate medical evacuation.

First aid kits are one of my pet peeves. Most first aid kits are only suitable for headaches and paper cuts. Where are the shell dressings? Burn dressings? How about putting in a couple of tensor dressings? Band aids, paracetamol, and gauze just doesn't cut it in a conflict zone.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most importantly, stay away from military vehicles as a standard operating procedure !

Generally speaking, listening to music rahter than listening to your surroundings should be discouraged.

Imagine the driver would not have reacted that well, the speed might have caused him to lose control and the vehicle to roll over.

In such a high-risk context, staff should receive advanced first-aid training and should ideally be able to give an infusion.

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with the above comments one more thing that humaniterian convoys should keep more distance with each other and keep close communication instead.

12:50 AM  

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