International Women’s day

On March 8th, a ceremony in honor of Salvadoran Women took place in celebration of International Woman’s Day. It took place in Las Cascadas shopping mall located in Angiguo Cuscatlán. Present were the Mayor of Antiguo, Milagro Navas, (middle) other professionals and veteran EMS worker Guadalupe Teos de Argueta from the Antiguo Base.  Guadalupe has been a Comando volunteer for many years and CDS is proud to have her honored. Congratulations Guadalupe!



Comando Champions


Comando Campeones

The CDS soccer team was recently crowned Champions of the “Torneo de fútbol Industrial”. Over twenty teams participated in the event including teams from public and private businesses. Comando players take great pride in playing soccer by representing the humanitarian institution of comandos and strive to be at the top every year. Fotos: CDS


The Fight Against Dengue Fever

Fumigando en Soyapango
Un Comando combatiendo contra los zancudos de Soyapango.

EMS crews from CDS in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Munincipal Mayors office of Soyapango, fumigated 990 homes in the neighborhood of Colonia San José II. The fumigation campaign continues this Tuesday in Berlin, Usulutan. Fumigation crews asks for permission from citizens to enter their homes in order to eradicate mosquitos and subsequent larvae that carry the dengue virus.

Fotos: CDS


Vacation at Comandos

Dr. Spitnale colabora con Comandos

North American Doctor Brett Spitnale MD, spent the last fifteen days of his vacation working with CDS. During his stay he offered training to staff, went on health brigades to outlying communities affected by last years storm “Tropical Ida”, and attended to patients in the emergency walk in clinic. Although very busy, Brett was able to find some time to enjoy El Salvador’s infamous national food, “Las Pupusas”.

The governing board of Comandos gave him a certificate of recognition for his humanitarian labor to CDS.

Fotos: Comandos de Salvamento


Fumigation Against Dengue

Fumigacion Feb 2010

EMS workers from the fumigation team titled, “Unidad de Vectores” prepare mosquito fogging machines for an upcoming day trip this Saturday to fumigate in the department of Usulután and after-wards in the Department of San Miguel. The institution assures that this will help lower cases of Dengue by eradicating mosquitoes and subsequent larvae. While in Usulután CDS hopes to fumigate up to two thousand five hundred homes.


Recovery of Gang Victim Violence

A 15 year old patient only identified as Guillermo was rescued from a cliff in front of a soccer field in the neighborhood Colonia Villa Hermosa in San Luis Mariona, north of San Salvador. The patient presented with numerous lacerations to his face caused by a knife.  Lead brigade leader, Edgar Jhony Ramos and other EMTs applied dressings and assured integrity of his airway.  Comandos then used climbing gear and a rescue litter to recover the patient and transported to Zacamil Hospital. Other EMTs present were Carlos Vásquez, Xiomara Vásquez, Elver Flores y Ronald Castro.

Agents from the National Civilian Police on scene commented that the youth could be involved with gangs.  Violence has increased to unsurmountable levels among students and other adolescents in El Salvador over the last decade.

Fotos: Francisco Campos


“Friends”,and a Machete..

At the start of February, Dr. Margarita Orellana of Comandos de Salvamento was participating in a health brigade when the unit received an emergency call in Berlin Usulután. An assault with a Machete had taken place. The doctors, medical director Rosa Mendea, and EMTs offered first aid to patients in order to assure their airways, control breathing and monitor their vitals. They monitored level of consciousness during transport. 


Dra. Orellana explains: 

We arrived to Berlin and found the patients, both in a state of being inebriated. They had gotten into an altercation together with a machete. One presented with a fractured skull, multiple lacerations on his arms. We applied a pressure dressing but due to the injury being very acute, we transported to Santiago de Maria Hospital. Of course we brought the other patient with us since he presented very inebriated. It was difficult to acquire the other patients collaboration since he did not want to travel in the same ambulance as his supposed “amigo”. Eventually both arrived safe at the hospital. 

Macheteados: Comandos de Salvamento
Rosa and CDS EMTs offering support to one of the patients.

Salvadoran EMS, USAR and Community Health

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