In an emergency, you now have another number to call.
Cruztelco subscribers may now call 225-9110 while Globe/Innove subscribers can call 422-9110. That call will be answered by One Rescue Emergency Medical Services (EMS), who will send help right away.
Patterned after Cebu’s Emergency Response Unit Foundation (ERUF), the One Rescue EMS has a staff of trained volunteers who are on call 24/7.
One Rescue EMS is headed by two medical doctors — Kenneth Coo and Rosalind Flores-Yu, backed by a team of businessmen and academicians who provide financial and material support or seek out donors from local and international sources.
The idea to launch One Rescue was hatched in 2001 but it wasn’t until December 2008 that the training for the initial sixty volunteers started with William Jacobson, a retired US fireman and paramedic who migrated to Dumaguete and offered to help train the Emergency Medical Technicians.
Jacobson, however, died the following year, requiring that Drs. Coo and Yu take over in running the organization.
Since December 2009, the One Rescue EMS was based at Foundation University. Last week, One Rescue EMS transferred to its new base station at the ground floor of the Diocesan Pastoral Center, at the compound of the Dumaguete Cathedral.
Dumaguete Bishop John Du, who led the blessing of the new One Rescue EMS base station, said they agreed to host the group because this is a noble cause.
The incorporators of One Rescue EMS are Atty. Jose Riodil Montebon, Fr. Enrique Balongag, Arthur Chua, Danah Fortunato, Dr. Ben Malayang III, Victor Vicente Sinco, Dr. Kenneth Coo, Dr. Felix Sy, Roy Cang, Edward Uy and Conrad Yulo.