Category Archives: Disasters

Natural and man made disasters.

Fire Destroys Pallet Factory

Volunteer CDS workers give a local bombero a break by holding the hose.

A large fire destroyed a pallet manufacturing plant this afternoon near KM 26 along the Highway between San Salvador and Sonsonate near Lourde, Colón, in the dept of La Libertad.

The fire started at the Tarimas El Angel business mid day and employees tried to put it out but instead decided to save their lives instead. Comandos arrived in order to manage crowd control and help local firefighters control the fire.  5 ambulances, 3 water tanks, and 2 firetrucks were on scene to support.

Comandos are trained to fight fires.
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Comandos and USAR look for Possible Survivors

Roberto Hugo Preza y periodista Luis Samayoa, nos informan sobre el trabajo de #USARElSalvador en #México.

Posted by ALFA en linea on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Although exhausted, Comandos who are part of El Salvador’s national USAR group are working night and day in Morelos, Mexico where there is the possibility of 4 survivors in a building.

They rest little, since time is pressed in order to recover the victims who are still under the collapsed building. The SAR group from El Salvador is assigned one of three levels where they can hear the voices of people trying to survive and will work throughout the night in order to rescue or recover them.

Jhony Ramos de Comandos de Salvamento trabajando en zona de desastre.
Miembros del Grupo USAR de El Salvador, en plena labor.
Grupo USAR El Salvador taking a break.
USAR pondering their approach.
The SAR group is working day and night to search for earthquake victims.
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Comandos Leave for Mexico

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.

Edgar Jhonny Ramos and the gang ready to part to Mexico.
Comandos de Salvamento have specialty trained brigades for rescue under collapsed structures.
The spirit of the CDS institution is very high.
Ready to help our Mexican brothers and sisters.
The first group of volunteers to be sent to Mexico, the 2nd, tomorrow.
Jhonny Ramos prepares his belongings.
Josué Najarro and Carlos Vásquez gear checking.
Off to the airport.
Grupo USAR ready to board the plane.
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Comandos Head to Mexico due to Earthquake

Pictured are the El Salvador USAR team members in Ecuador during their recent Earthquake.

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.

Members of Comandos de Salvamento during the trudged in Ecuador.
Today, various people have gone missing amongst the debris.
7.1 richter scale of destruction today in Mexico City.
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