September 23 , 2017
A four-day workshop on 'Mountain Security and First Aid Training’ concluded at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on September 21. A total of 27 trekking professionals participated in the training. The workshop was supported by Embassy of France in Kathmandu.
Chief Guest – His Excellency Mr. Arnaud Champy, the 2nd Ambassador of Embassy of France in Kathmandu, Mr. Maurice Duchene - President of ICE Himalayas, Miss Meronic Bekkaim – French Centre, Mr. Karna Lama – General Secretary, Mr. Shital Chandra Dharel - Training and HR coordinator along with executive members were on the desk.
Mr. Rajendra Lama – President of Nepal Canyoning Association, Mr. Pawan Shakya – Nepal Map House, Mr. Prabin Bikram Rana – Deputy Director of French Centre, Dipesh Bideri – French Embassy were the respected guest of the program.
The trainers for the workshop, Yves Pruner and Magli Jeanteur – French Society of Disaster Medicine, Patrick Dance and Patrick Shabada – National Mountain Rescue were also presented in the program.
The Chief Guest along with trainers were welcomed by TAAN President Mr. Chandra Prashad Rijal by offering a token of love and khadas.
TAAN HR & Training Coordinator welcomed everyone on behalf on of TAAN. He said that TAAN had been conducting training to produce skilled manpower and will be organizing in coming days as well.
Miss. Meronic Bekkaim – French Centre said that she felt great pleasure to be there. She congratulated every trainee for receiving such a tremendous training which will help them in near future not only during trekking but also in day to day activities.
Mr. Maurice Duchene President of ICE Himalayas thanked TAAN, trainers along with everyone on the desk. He said, “We took around one year for the preparation to conduct the training.” The trainee, if wanted can participate in the next training on December very soon, he added.
Mr. Duchene felicitated Mr. Karna Lama General Secretary of TAAN by awarding him for all his coordination and groundwork.
Mr. Karna Lama wished to work together with the professional trainers of French in near future. The training will be a benefit for the trekkers and mountaineers in near future. The workshop is affiliated with general medicine, mountain rescue and dealing problems in mountaineering like acute mountain sickness. He added.
Mr. Yves Pruner, a trainer said “It has been my third year in Nepal. After the earthquake 2015, it has been a means to get closer with Nepal. I have relevant knowledge about mountain rescue so I feel the privilege to furnish the knowledge about mountain security and first aid.” He anticipated these kinds of workshops will be carried out on regular basis.
The trainee said that they felt glad to receive the training. It would be a very useful lesson for their future. As trekking guides, they need to go through uncertainties in the mountain region. Therefore, whatever they have learned during the training session will be a key in upcoming days.
Chief Guest Mr. Arnaud Champy was grateful to trainers and trainee for their corporation and assistance. He thanked TAAN for organizing the training. He said that emergency response is very critical when immediate rescue is not possible. Trekking guides play a great role in rescuing the mountain accidents so, the training will be an asset for the guides.