Seventy-two Police Officers on Wednesday graduated from a Basic First Responder Training Course which is aimed at providing better care for injured persons.The training which encompasses basic first response protocol, life support/ CPR and trauma were offered to the Guyana Police Force’s officers in order to reduce the number of preventable deaths at accidents, shooting and other combat situations.At the end of the training, the officers were required to sit an examination; only the officers scoring more than 70 per cent were certified at Wednesday’s programme.In explaining the concept of the training process, Head of the Emergency Medical Service, Dr Zulfikar Bux highlighted instances in which persons were injured and due to the lack of proper first response care by Police, the victims were permanently injured or died.“Please look after the lives of yourselves, your colleagues, and more importantly john public, they are the ones we serve,” he urged the officers.Also speaking at the event was Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, who expressed the Force’s appreciation to Dr Bux for working so efficiently with the officers in order to complete the training.The Commissioner, in identifying the main reason for the course stated that, “A lot of deaths resulting from gunshot injuries aren’t cases where vital organs were damaged, people die from shock and haemorrhage, they bleed to death.”He went on to note that owing to this training course, this particular cause of death will be reduced. The Commissioner also touched on trauma kits which they have received through donation from The Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police. He stated that these kits are aiding in the execution of the course.The 72 certified officers will now be tasked with responding to emergency scenes and doing their utmost best to lessen the number of fatalities arising from those situations.
As the year draws to a close, here is what we are recommending to our expansion stage portfolio company CEOs to close 2009 strong and set up well for 2010 (it is the same advice that we give every year at this time)1. Close the year strongGet the business you can for 2009Set up a strong pipeline for Q12. Review your 2009 results against plan (and most recent forecasts) and reflect on the year with the senior management team (what have you learned? Where are your best opportunities for improvement?)3. Review and update your aspirations4. Get good direct feedbackContact some customers and get their feedbackContact some key employees and get their feedback5. Clarify your product and go-to-market plansUpdate your product vision and road mapUpdate your go-to-market vision and road map6. Perform an organizational and operational review to determine where your strengths and weaknesses are and generate some ideas for improvement7. Step away from the business for 2-3 days with the senior management teamPerform operating reviews with each of your managersReview what you learned from prior points in the listDetermine the 3-5 major goals for 2010Update your economic model and create your financial plan for 20108. Communicate your aspirations and plans throughout the organizationTo a large extent, this is obvious advice. The interesting thing is that a lot of companies that we speak to actually don’t follow it and find themselves trying to catch up in January and February! (my general sense is that companies with strong management teams, venture capital investment, strong boards/advisers, or strong financial consulting services partners tend to do better against these points).If you are an expansion stage CEO, take a look at the 8 points again and try to do as many of the points as you possibly can before year end…you will be happy you did come January when you can hit the ground running!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis read more