With their faith in God and the courage of a typical Comando this morning, a small contingent from our main base left this morning to Mexico City to join in on Search and Rescue/Recovery efforts already underway for the last 24 hours when the earthquake hit Tuesday September 19th.
Comando Veterans included Roberto Campos, Jhonny Edgar Ramos, Carlos Vásquez, Roberto Márquez, Josué Najarro and Edwin Portal. One by one they gathered their belongings and said goodbye to their families. One of their children wrote a message on a prominent social networking site, “We will pray that you return dad, you are an example to follow by dedicating your life to save others, I love you and await your return.”
This Wednesday afternoon, a second group of Comando volunteers will be sent to Mexico to help in recovery efforts.
El Salvador’s USAR team which is composed of members from Comandos de Salvamento are heading to Mexico City in collaboration with other groups in order to help the public that were affected by two earthquakes.
These young volunteers have been specifically trained in the search, rescue and recovery operations and will be dispatched in a few hours in order to help our Mexican brothers and sisters that have been affected by three earthquakes within the span of one month. More than 100 have been killed or disappeared.
Colors and children’s happy faces started the student parade that entered the Jorge “Mágico” González stadium that started the 196 year of Salvadoran independence. CDS offeres security throughout the stadium and had ambulances on scene.
Comandos and the FAS, Salvadoran Airforce, again collaborated on a simulated rescue mission within the stadium grounds.
Socorristas de Comandos de Salvamento auxiliaron a Hugo Abrego, de 39 años, quien resulto con múltiples junto a otro empleado al accidentarse el camión que transportaba arena sobre la carretera de Oro a la altura del kilómetro tres y medio. 39yo Hugo Abrego was assisted by Comando first responders when he was in an accident in his vehicle that was hauling a large amount of sand.
A large trailer was on the highway of gold heading east when it crashed into the rear of Hugo’s vehicle sending sand everywhere. The driver of the trailer, 24yo Carlos Francisco Cruz Rivera, died on impact. He was extricated by CDS Extrication team and handed over to Medicina Legal.
Two Germans became missing Tuesday afternoon around the Chaparriastique Volcano in San Miguel. Comandos de Salvamento, National Firefighters, and other first responder groups participated in the search.
Luckily the Germans, Jens Bauer and Anika Jentner, were located and examined by our Medics to rule out any injuries or illnesses.
Comandos de Salvamento SAR team participated in a rescue and evacuation exercise on floor 8 of the main government building down town.
The simulated exercises started with employees leaving the building to secure and safe designated areas while helping geriatric visitors. SAR workers arrived minutes after to assist. Bomberos, CDS, Red Cross and Green Cross also collaborated in the exercise in order to be more prepared when large building fire happens like the one earlier this year at Tres Torres Government buildings.
Lic. Pablo Caballero Pineda, of the Salvadoran Professional Leadership Agency (INSAFORP), was present at the base central to teach our volunteers about leadership focused on values and ethical principles.
Said workshop seeks to focus on righteousness, fairness, justice, integrity, honesty and trust within volunteers to create a solid foundation within any department of CDS that they are assigned to work in.
Lic. Pablo Caballero Pineda utilized group didactic work to put said information into practice.