Comandos attended to an accident that resulted in the death of one individual and 2 injured occupants at 630am this morning near KM 33 1/2 of the Panamericana highway at the turn off for the National Agriculture School.
The mishap took place when the driver of the semi with plates C 97-950 crashed into the back of a a route 276 public bus licensed AB 77-774 that was picking up passengers at the San Salvador to Santa Ana bus stop.
María Elena Martínez de Cuéllar, de 53 años, who was riding in the back of the bus died on impact while others were injured.
The semi driver, 34yo Luis Alonso Galdámez, had to be extricated by the CDS Extrication team and was secured, packaged, and transported to San Juan de Dios hospital in Santa Ana.
Felipe Atkins, assigned regional director of Norsk Folkehjelp in Latin America stopped by to visit the Comandos since “Ayuda Popular Noruega” has assisted CDS with various projects since the early 80s and is one of the primary supporters of the CDS mission.
Felipe Atkins and assistant Nestor Napal, met with members of the CDS governing board to discuss the mission, projects, and future growth of Comandos. Both expressed interest in workshops developed over the last decade by the CDS Gender team whose focus is to augment support and equality for all CDS first responders and volunteers regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Another focus discussed was the empowerment of women comandos throughout the institution.
Comandos de Salvamento has on average 10 female first responders on the SAR and Extrication team who have proven themselves to be an essential part of these teams to support male, female, geriatric and children patients. They also have shown themselves able to manage the Jaws of Life and other extrication equipment in order to extricate victims of MVAs.
Felipe Atkins reports that Norsk Folkehjelp will continue to support the values, mission, and rescue teams of Comandos de Salvamento well into the future and CDS is thankful for this essential component to help the people of El Salvador.
Comandos de Salvamento was present at the celebrate a good life festival in Atiquizaya, Ahuachapán this last weekend. Free Health consults were offered to the public. EMS responders were on hand to triage with primary care providers when patients needed higher level of care. Comandos also supported the geriatric population so they could ambulate easier on wheelchairs to get access to care.