On a small porch of a machine shop, situated at the entrance of Sensutepeque, a new Comandos section base was sworn in on Sunday June 28th 2009. This addition of volunteers makes a total of 27 base sections in the department of Cabañas in Northern El Salvador. 25 volunteers form the growing family of Comandos for the benefit of the pueblo.
The President of the governing board, Wilmer Alexander Lobo, and the exececutive director, Roberto Cruz were in chage of swearing on the delegates and EMT’s. In charge of the delegates are José Iván Ernesto Galdamez and Adrián Natividad Benítez. They wanted to volunteer for CDS because in there town there was no one could go to if one needed help. Now Sensutepeque has an institution that will attend to their first aid and emergency situations.
The board of the main base of CDS, were satisfied and will being supporting the new volunteer base section with training and resources. For the city of “Sensute”, this is good news since there now will be an institution supporting the Salvadorans there. The Central Base of Comandos de Salvamento wishes luck to this new addition to the gran family of Comandos.
A male was ran over by a train this morning near the Naval Force of El Salvador and the Tiendona Market in the east of San Salvador.
The victim was identified as 44yo Salvador Morán Melgar. According to first hand information provided by Comandos de Salvamento, the victim tried to cross the tracks faster than the oncoming train. As a result of the accident, them man was urgently rushed to Rosales Hospital. According to a CDS EMT, the man presented with his legs in an acute condition that may result in an amputation. The incident happened at 7:45 a.m.
The National Civilan Police (PNC) reported a grenade explosion in the market area called Sagrado Corazón, @ the 5th Ave south and the Historic center of San Salvador. 12 people resulted injured, with 2 of them in critical condition. Comandos de Salvamento transported the victims to Rosales Hospital.
The injured victims are identified by Julio Rosales of Comandos de Salvamento as: 58yo José Calderón, his 30 yo son José Alberto Calderón, 38yo Baltasar Córdova, 30yo Abel Rivera, 27yo Carmen Rosales, 20yo Marta Henríquez, Sonia Margarita; Carlos Inocente, both 27yo; 55yo Tito Pérez, and 34yo Carlos Meléndez.
Las víctimas fueron trasladas al Hospital Rosales. En estos momentos, la División de Explosivos de la PNC ha acordonado la zona. FOTO /Jorge Reyes
According to police, 2 individuals on a motorcycle rode past the market throwing a grenade. It is presumed that the injured are sellers in the area.
At this moment, the Bomb and Explosive division of the PNC have closed the perimeter.
EMTs from CDS attended to more than one hundred and fifty people that had to be saved from imminent danger due to the strong storm that hit the capitol of San Salvador.
At about 6:20 pm units from CDS headed towards Villa Esperanza on the KM 34 highway that goes from San Juan Opico to Quetzaltepeque to evacuate 45 people from their residences that were in danger due to an overflowing creek flooding their temporary homes. The rising waters of about 50 cm worried the residents that opted out to stay in the zone waiting for the water to level off.
During these rescue operations, 24 yo Roberto Guardado was attended too. He was driving a motorcycle along with his partner, 29 yo Xiomara Beatriz Vásquez and did not realize what he was driving into and crashed. Both were taken to Fosalud de Quezaltepequefor medical attention.
At about the same time, CDS helped a driver of a vehicle with license plates 568-424, who had become trapped inside his car, without it starting, due to getting stuck in the middle of the flood. Another CDS rescue event happened at the entrance to colonia Sierra Morena where a microbus that transported more than 20 members of the Church of Cannan were rescued when they were trapped in their vehicle in a deep area of the flooding street at the entrance to the colonia. The evangelicals were taken out one by one from the microbus to be brought to a safe zone while the water level stabilized. They then could retrieve there vehicle. A similiar event happened when about 45 passengers of the route 29 bus with plates AB 70-511 experienced some anguised minutes of being trapped at the entrance to colonia Santa Lucía where year after year there are constant floodings during strong storms.
According to the driver, the force of the current had suprised him, leaving him and his passengers trapped in the middle of the flood. CDS rescue workers arrived to help.
In addition, EMTS from CDS outstation Antiguo Cuscatlan warned vehicles that were traveling south on Highway lane leading from west to east, about a crack that was formed on the stretch of road near the democracy tower that reached close to three meters and 40 centimeters wide.
Traffic during the great storm was suspended to avoid any tragedy.
CDS were present in helping rescue the bodies of victims underneath a semi bed, that had crushed the taxi they had been riding in.
Once again, the elite rescue groups of El Salvador that include the Comandos de Salvamento, Red Cross, and the Fire Dept. demonstrated that it is possible to work in coordinated fashion without conflict. Congratulations search and rescue tams that were united by adrenalin and the hydraulics! We follow through like that in the future with a high level of professionalism and we will save even more lives.
Search and Rescue Team Supervisor
Juan Carlos Villafranco
Redacción Diario Co Latino
A semi container carrying wood, that was coming from Acajutla caused a tragic accident at 7:15 at the freeway crossection “Hermano Lejano”.
Los fallecidos identificados como Nancy Guadalupe Ramos Valladares de 35 años y Jorge Castro Hasbun de 41 años murieron a causa de traumas múltiples.
The victims are identified as 35 yo Nancy Guadalupe Ramos Valladares and 41 yo Jorge Castro Hasbun. Ramos was recovered by Comandos de Salvamento and presented with limited vital signs. CPR attention was immediate and various attempts were made but she did not respond.
The container came lose from the semi with license plate 63112, that was driving from Los Próceres blvd towads 49th ave. north on the third level and fell on top of the taxi that was coming below on Comalapa highway and where the couple had, per reports were just married and he was just returning from the USA.
“At about 9 o’clock at night our rescue team was able to recover the cadavers that were trapped under the container. The bodies presented with multiple severe traumas.”, states Roberto Pacheco, rescue leader of the Comandos de Salvamento.
The taxi with license plate 57749 was completly crused underneath. The Main firefighter team had to use hydraulic equipment to assisst in the recovery of the victims.
Al lugar se hicieron presentes socorristas de Cruz Roja Salvadoreña, Cruz Verde, Comandos de Salvamento, el Cuerpo de Bomberos y Protección Civil, quienes trabajaron en conjunto en el rescate de Castro, una de las víctimas.
Algunos vecinos del lugar ayudaron a quitar la madera del contenedor y facilitar el trabajo de los socorristas, sin embargo, otros que llegaron a observar lo sucedido entorpecieron las labores de los socorristas.