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Comandos de Salvamento along with help from salvamed.org and Glasswing International sponsored a 2 day course on Vehicular Extrication at Ilopango Airport December 7th and 8th. Groups represented were The Green Cross, the UMO branch of the National Civilian Police, Bomberos Nacionales, and Comandos de Salvamento. Over 80 students learned how to size up a motor vehicle accident, and safely use electrical, hydraulic, and manual tools to help save lives. Comandos personally thanks Hi-lift, AJAX, Ringers, and HURST, for creating great and dependable equipment used in the course and also used every night after each class to do real extrications. The Puyallup Extrication Team sent 6 of their top instructors for the Workshop. Present were, President Jeff Pugh, and instructors, Ryan Taylor, Andrew Krasner, Charlie Kemp, Gus Alcala and Anthony John. PXTEAM donated an AJAX Neumatic Air chisel, some sawzaw blades, Comandos thanks Mark Hoffman of Salvamed and Nick Fling and Celina de Sola of Glasswing International for making this big project a success. Mark was also able to get the Urban Rescue Squad another Medium First Responder Jack from Hi-Lift which was recently used to lift a car off of two motorcycles.

More fotos of individual graduates of the workshop recieving diplomas from PXTEAM President Jeff Pugh located on our flickr site.

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24 Comandos de Salvamento Volunteers graduated today as EMT-Bs sponsored and acredited by SouthWestern College of San Diego and taught by Paramedic Devin Price. The class was taught in three parts when north american paramedics traveled to El Salvador in 2012. The course was sponsored by Southwestern College and Devin Price. Norwegian People’s Aid, who has assisted Comandos since 1984, also helped out with logistics. Fotos: CDS.

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Simpson Najarro y Kathy Mejia, Comandos Orgullos y ahora TEM-B certificados tras la USA.

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Comandos wants to thank Hi-Lift Jack for the donation of a First Responder Hi-Lift Jack. Urban Extrication team members from Delegate base Antiguo Cuscatlan and San Martin were trained in basic use of the jack. As their website states, it is the “tool of choice for Extrication, Heavy Rescue, Forcible Entry, RIT/RIC, procedures as well as Stabilization and Shoring”. If any agencies are interested in the jack, please contact us at marco @ salvamento .org

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CDS were dispatched to the Colonia Quiñonez to attend to 11 month old Andrea Sofia who, according to her caregivers fell down three stairs and hit her head. The patient presented with an injury in the occipital region and was immediately transported to Childrens Hospital Bloom. First responders on scene included visiting paramedic/UW Medical Student Tami Coulter, and Comandos Jose Alcides y Luis Molina.

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CDS Responders were recently dispatched to a shooting in Colonia Guatemala. 30 yo Dennis Mejía, 47 yo Julio Martínez and  29 yo Giovanni Bernal Quiñones were transported to Rosales Hospital. Medina Legal later determined that Quiñones died as a result of 12 bullet impacts.

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Jeff Pugh of PXTeam using the Jack during an extrication course.

Comandos de Salvamento would like to formally thank the North American company of Hi-Lift and their vice president of marketing Steve Dowden for the donation sponsorship of a First Responder-Hi-Lift Jack. Operated by only one person, and under specific situations, the jack can be more useful than pneumatic tools or Jaws of Life. International Representative Mark Hoffman was able to mediate the sponsorship via Jeff Pugh of the Puyallup Extrication team in Washington State. Jeff has extensive use of the jack along the I-5 corridor between Olympia and Seattle. In exchange for the jack, CDS will offer Hi-Lift images taken of the jack being used in San Salvador for international marketing purposes. CDS first found out about the First-Responder Hi-Lift Jack when Comandos Mark and Josue Martinez did a presentation for PXTeam back in January 2012. More info here.

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andresemt2  Medic Devin Price and Doctor Andrés Marin from the USA started a basic EMT-B class this Monday at our EMS school at the central base. 30 volunteers from different bases throughout the country are taking the course. Executive Director Roberto Cruz reports that this class will improve quality EMS services rendered to patients in need and under whatever circumstance. The course is sponsored by Norway’s People’s Popular Aid. It is hoped that this program can happen at least once a year to improve services that CDS offers in El Salvador. Devin and Andres have collaborated with Comandos de Salvamento since 2001. Devin is the director of the Paramedicine program at SouthWestern College in San Diego and is being sponsored by the college and American Medical Response. Andres in a Medical Doctor in San Francisco.

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From the 7th to the 11th of May, Comandos de Salvamento participated in an international conferrence at the Sheraton hotel on Disaster Management. Many state agencies participated including The Salvadoran Army, Airforce, Civil Protection, Red and Green Cross, National Firefighters and Police, Department of Health, and the Ministry of International Relations. Other groups included the U.S. Army, FEMA, and Firefighters and Police from Conway New Hampshire.  All parties exchanged information on their own protocols and incident command organization including the GIS, Geography Information System. Everyone had the opportunity to educate others on the mission and history of the role their agencies have during natural disasters.

CDS then invited representatives from each U.S. agency to the main base in San Salvador in order to meet our team and take a tour. Videos and presentations were given in order to exchange knowledge. Army members  of Southern Command and the Conway Fire Dept were showed first hand how EMS and Rescue services are rendered even though the CDS has scarce economic support. CDS are thankful to have welcomed all reps to our humble headquarters in San Salvador and look forward to possible future collaborations.

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In September of 1999,  Luis Colato,  Efraím Solis, Roberto Cruz, and Mark Hoffman attended the 5th international conference on Disasters and risk management seminar at the Palace of Conventions in Havana Cuba. We were also invited to see the infamous ELAM, Latin American Medical School in Baracoa the year of its founding. In response to Hurricane Mitch, Fidel Castro formed the school giving full ride scholarships to Latin Americans, North Americans, Haitians, and Africans. The only requirement is that the students return to their country of origin and work with the poor. Since 1999, the ELAM has graduated more than seven Salvadoran classes on the Caribbean Island. For more information about the conference, please visit here, and the school here. CDS were grateful for the time spent meeting Cuban friends and getting to know the culture. We welcome any ELAM graduates  to colaborate with us.

Salvadoreñas Edith Anaya y Jeneatte Melgar del 2nd clase de ELAM con otras compatriotas con sus diplomas en 2006.
Salvadoreñas Edith Anaya y Jeneatte Melgar of the 2nd graduated ELAM class with other classmates with their degrees  at graduation 2006.
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Jose Hernandez, Comando de Popotlan 1990-1993 recently visited the central base of Comandos. Jose now lives and works in San Francisco USA.

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Recently, Comandos de Salvamento International Representatives Mark Hoffman and Josue Martinez were invited by Jeff Pugh, leader of the Puyallup Extrication Team in Puyallup, Washington, in order to give a presentation on the work of CDS in El Salvador. The presentation included photos of CDS during El Salvador’s Civil War, Natural Disasters, Street Riots and Motor Vehicle Accidents over the last ten years. It was explained that El Salvador has only been doing formal extrications with tools like the Jaws of Life over the last nine years and most tools are donated. Mark and Josue also had the opportunity to witness PX team leaders offer hands on training in extrication utilizing a tool called the First Responder HILIFT Jack. Puyallup Extrication Team members actually designed this lift in order to extricate victims of motor vehicle accidents in a safe and efficient manner.

A dialogue has been opened between both institutions in order to possibly have members of PXTeam travel to El Salvador in order to have a cross cultural immersion of EMS in El Salvador and offer training to members of the CDS Vehicular Rescue Squad in the basic use and understanding of the First Responder HILIFT Jack. These future trainings would benefit outlying CDS Bases that do not have access to hydraulic or pneumatic tools and have to resort to manual style extrications that jeopardize efficient patient care.  Comandos de Salvamento are thankful for PXTeam’s hospitality while present at their main base and look forward in welcoming their volunteers to San Salvador in the near future.


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Image showing High Lift Jack use: PXTeam

The Following video explains the numerous ways the First Responder High Lift Jack can be utilized.

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More Fotos of PXTeam in action here. Web Site here.

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In the name of Comandos de Salvamento,  International Reps from the USA arrived in NYC the end of September to visit Ground zero and surrounding areas to pay respect and maintain memory of what happened on September 11th 2001.

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Mark Hoffman, International Representative of CDS, conquered a half marathon in name of all Comandos de Salvamento volunteers that are currently rescuing and assisting Salvadoran victims of flooding that has recently hit the country of El Salvador.

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Norway has suffered a terrorist attack. Norwegian solidarity towards our agency with assistance through People’s Norwegian Aid has lasted for over25 years. We extend our prayers and support for affected families. Vi klemme deg brødre og søstre fra Norge.

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Comando Veteran EMT Edgar Jhonny Ramos was nominated to be the EMT of the year by Clinical Social Worker Mark Hoffman, Doctor Andres Marin, and Paramedic Devin Price in the USA. The award is given out by NAEMT. All three professionals have know Jhonny for over ten years and have personally witnessed his dedication in offering quality EMS services to the Salvadoran public.  The award is very competetive and includes nominations from EMT based in small and large cities throughout the USA.

Jhonny en frente, con otros dos Comandos auxiliando un vigilante durante la Guerra Civil en Quezaltepeque

Jhonny in front, with two other comandos during a firefight in Quezaltepeque /Civil War.

Executive Director Pamela Lane states, that although he did not win, it is an honor to be nominated. Mark, Andres, and Devin know there are many other Salvadoran unknown heroes that deserve to be called, “EMT of the year“.

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