In a question of minutes a life can be saved or lost during motor vehicle accidents and we have been able to acquire some extrication equipment with sponsorship from People’s Norwegian Aid.
Said equipment will be used by our urban rescue squad to help extricate patients safely and efficiently. We thank Jeff Pugh, of The PXTeam for the equipment, Mark Hoffman for mediating the purchase and Rony Calderon with a group of Friends in Los Angeles that were able to coordinate shipping of the gear from Washington State to San Salvador.
This last April, CDS experienced another LODD, Line of Duty Death with Moisés Abraham Orellana trying to rescue two people taken by a riptide at Majahual beach in La Libertad.
The youth was very popular at our local base in El Congo , Santa Ana where he originates from and he was also a member of the National Institute music band.
Representative party GANA member of the Salvadoran General Assembly, Juan Carlos Mendoza, offered a minute of silence for his parents who were grateful for the gesture and asked that his memory stay strong since all he wanted was to serve his fellow Salvadorans. Immediately after required EMS courses, he put on his yellow uniform and went to work.
Juan remains a strong presence at our brother’s and sister’s local base of El Congo, Santa Ana and we and El Salvador thank you for your service.
59 years ago, 10 brave men decided to begin a life adventure of helping others and now that spirit continues through the lives of thousands of young volunteers that are part of the great Comandos de Salvamento healthcare organization.
The dedication in our volunteers extends to every fabric of Salvadoran society. Our volunteers are housewives, caregivers, and professionals dedicate themselves to the service of the Salvadoran public.
Many youth, men and women leave their homes in order to be first responders to Motor Vehichle accidents that have increased over the last few months. They expect nothing in return and at times, a common thank you from the community that sees them in the pre hospital care environment makes them extremely proud for having saved a life.
59 years has been difficult since most of the first decades was funded by CDS first responders soliciting donations on the public transportation system.
Our volunteers have risked and lost their lives during natural disasters such as Hurricane Fifi, Mitch, Stan and have rescued many from floodings and land slides.
The civil war left a bad taste in our mouth due to difficult memories being in the crossfire of both sides of the argument, but we gained respect from each side due to our strong value of neutrality helping victims of both sides and civilians caught in between.
Our institution also was brought up to be a possible nominee for the nobel peace price some years ago and now arriving at the age of 59, the governing board thanks these 10 men that started this grass roots organization that was then based in Ciudad Delgado. They put their heart and soul into the founding of CDS EL SALVADOR.
During the celebration at the Central Base of Comandos, other sponsoring agencies were thanked for their spirit of solidarity. This included: FEDECACES, Pan Génesis, Plus Makers, and Doctors without Borders SPAIN. ARENA party representative José Andrés Hernández sponsored the celebration and is also advocating for a more positive fiscal sponsorship from the governmant so that Comandos can provide quality Community and EMS health care in 2020.
We thank Joshua Bennett and Juliana Schatz Preston for creating this documentary short that will give the viewer an honest portrait of the work we do in El Salvador. Some viewer discretion is advised since it shows the reality of EMS work in San Salvador. It will be announced on January 22 2019 if the documentary is nominated for an Oscar.
We are extremely proud to announce that a short subject documentary about us has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination for the 91st annual Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! We will soon know if it has been nominated by mid January .
“Los Comandos” (of which yes we call ourselves all the time) was directed by Joshua Bennet and Juliana Schatz in 2017, at a time that International Journalism started to notice us due to the politicization of gang violence and immigration. We are glad for the recognition and have dealt with community violence, war, man made, and natural disasters for almost 60 years.
The protagonist of the documentary, Mimi, has been a Comando since 2014 and was one of two female Comandos that were trained in high angle rescue with Veteran Comando Edgar Jhonny Ramos in 2015 when she was 13 years of age.
As a result of our institution promoting gender equality, Mimi and another Comando were the first females to rappel from a Huey Helicopter at our infamous yearly rescue simulation at Majahual beach where we collaborate with the Salvadoran Air Force practicing deep water rescues for Semana Santa vacations. Below the Oscar nominated trailer is footage of this event.
Congratulations Comandos throughout El Salvador and continue to do the good work. Vamos a ver si ganamos. Fuerza a ayudar a su prójimo.
Beach Rescue Practice with the Salvadoran Airforce