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A Letter from Ground Zero in Ecuador

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Scene assessment by USAR El Salvador in Portoviejo Manabi Ecuador.

Hi Dad, I’m sending some fotos of our work yesterday April 16 at around 12:30 pm in a village called Portoviejo, Manabi.

We have been going between various cities here without electricity or Internet but these can be found. We have met local USAR teams and those from Venezuela, México, Colombia.  It is quite a chilling and frightening experience here because 80% of the buildings are destroyed here in Manabi. We have been calling out and listening for survivors and also marking buildings.  Proudly I can say that the Salvadoran USAR team is very highly trained and professional as all the other international teams present. I’ll send more photos soon, take care of yourself dad. I love you very much. orgullosamente estamos muy a la altura de otros USAR internacionales. Roberto Campos.

Fotos: Jhonny Ramos/Comandos de Salvamento.

CDS Honorary President R.I.P.

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Presidente Honorario.
Muere Presidente Honorario.


René Napoleón Aguiluz Carranza, CDS Honorary president of CDS, died this last Friday after falling into a coma. René Aguiluz was a member of the San Salvador municipal council and had also been a representative “diputado” in the Legislative Assembly. Aguiluz was the Comandos main supporter within the government and worked very hard for financial support via the Assembly in order help Comandos uphold its mission to help those in most need. This state assistance provided immediate need for the Salvadoran public during emergencies and natural disasters. Comandos de Salvamento salutes René Aguiluz for his never ending hard work and stands in solidarity with his family and friends in remembrance of his life.

In the above image, René Aguiluz awards long term EMS veteran Luis Colato, during the 50th year celebration of Comandos de Salvamento last year. (2010) Foto: CDS.

Kids Caught in Crossfire

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Three Comandos de Salvamento ambulances transported three minors that were shot during a gunfight in the small neighborhood of Cantón La Florin San Martin San Salvador this afternoon. The patients were 14yo Mauricio Rodas, (transported to San Bartolo Hospital,Ilopango)12yo Christian Rivas, and 9 yo Marlón Edenilsón Rivas(tranported to Hospital Bloom). The PNC- National Civilian Police transported two others-14yo Mauricio Alexander López and 17yo Luis Alberto Maravilla.  All patients received basic first aid and were stable.

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30 Meter Fall

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Caido de 30 Metros

59yo Fredy Eduardo Al Varenga was rescued after falling 30 meters to the shores of the Alcahuate river. He was then stabilized and transported to hospital Rosales. Witnesses report he may have been in this position for more than 8 hours before he was found and CDS was contacted. The event took place at KM 10, highway troncal del norte, Colonia aurora in Ciudad Delgado.

Airline Accident Recovery Operation

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A recovery unit from the CDS SAR group recovered three bodies at an airline accident south of the Ilopango military airport. Two of the victims were Chinese, and one Israeli National. At 1pm, The Salvadoran Air force inspected the crash zone and put out the fire before  forensic specialists from Medicinal Legal were called in to give clearance to CDS for the recovery. Names of the victims were Pulsar Group owner Yaron Degani, and two others initially identified as Lee Yen and Yu Wen Kao. Yaron was a former C-130 pilot who owned an avionics production plant at Ilopango airport and sold small high performance acrobatic planes to private entities and Colombia. Photos: CDS

Señor Dagani, an Israelí living in El Salvador for more than 20 years. He also was a jet engine advisor for TACA airlines.


Decade of Road Safety

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With a simulation accident that culminated in the public presentation throughout “Launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020” which aims to reduce traffic accidents and thousands of deaths and injuries they engender. The event was inaugurated by public works minister Gerson Martines. The road safety plan presents alarming statistics on accidents.  they are the leading cause of death for young people between 15 and 29 in El Salvador. Nearly 1.3 million people die each year on the roads throughout the world making Motor Vehicle Accidents the leading cause of deaths worldwide. In El Salvador accidents cause about three deaths per day and an average of 22 injuries. 75 percent of these deaths are related to driver inattention, excessive speed and imprudence by pedestrians.

The campaign ended with an extrication drill enacted by CDS paramedics, EMTs and extrication specialists from our “UDR” rescue unit. The UDR is also involved in Urban Search and Rescue. San Salvador is one of the most densely populated cities in Latin America and MVAs are an every day occurrence.

Fotos CDS/FCampos. Video: LPG

Mayen Lives On

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Fifty year old popular painter Elena Lemus appears in front of two paintings of important people of El Salvaodor’s history. Schafik Jorge Hándal, leader of the current party currently governing the country and the deceased journalist spokesperson for Comandos de Salvamento commonly known as Mayen. The painter is a student of the city’s municipal art workshops.  She states that Mayen always walked in the afternoons around Plaza Gerardo Barrios in this historic area .  She maintains his memory so that he is always present in the park. Foto: Francisco Campos


Foto of Elena in March during Obama’s visit.

Into Oncoming Traffic

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Comandos EMS volunteers responded to a MVA located at Bulevar Tutunichapa and la 5a. Av. Norte inn Sal Salvador this afternoon.  The accident happened due to a vehicle with licence plate number N-2919 crossed lanes into oncoming traffic crashing into two microbuses per statements of witnesses on scene. One patient was transferred to the hospital “Diagnositico” while two others were taken to the National Social Security hospital. CDS attended to 50 yo Idalia Nerio de Espeinal and 23 yo Tania Idalia Espinal who were driving the car with license plate P462-442. Other vehicles included was a Supreme Justice Court microbus N-7549. Photo: KAMALA/CDS