34 volunteer members were recently certified as formal members of Comandos de Salvamento and will be added to our high angle rescue team.
Practical classes were offered at the Puerta del Diablo . Seven of the 34 volunteers were female candidates who showed they were just as able to do their work as their male candidates. Congratulations and welcome to the Comandos Family.
New recruits who are looking to spend quality time helping others participated in the recent pre-hospital care workshop offered by Comandos de Salvamento. This training is to give them a basic understanding while helping those affected by emergent situations that put their health and safety at risk. Over the course of two weeks, 30 volunteers learned various skills in order to help their communities in need.
Comandos de Salvamento SAR team participated in a rescue and evacuation exercise on floor 8 of the main government building down town.
The simulated exercises started with employees leaving the building to secure and safe designated areas while helping geriatric visitors. SAR workers arrived minutes after to assist. Bomberos, CDS, Red Cross and Green Cross also collaborated in the exercise in order to be more prepared when large building fire happens like the one earlier this year at Tres Torres Government buildings.
Lic. Pablo Caballero Pineda, of the Salvadoran Professional Leadership Agency (INSAFORP), was present at the base central to teach our volunteers about leadership focused on values and ethical principles.
Said workshop seeks to focus on righteousness, fairness, justice, integrity, honesty and trust within volunteers to create a solid foundation within any department of CDS that they are assigned to work in.
Lic. Pablo Caballero Pineda utilized group didactic work to put said information into practice.
CDS participated again in the yearly celebrated health festival sponsored by the Salvadoran Government. Free medical consults and health education took place this time in supporting the residents of Ilopango.
Además de orientar a la población para la entrega de los medicamentos que se entregan de una forma gratuita a los pacientes. Comandos took part in showing visitors around and educating them to free health services offered. Other government agencies such as CENADE, ANDA, the Social Housing authority were other groups that offered free education services. Comandos were also present with a stand showing off their extrication and high angle rescue and recovery equipment.
Doctores de las Américas held a conference for Advanced Life Support and care for providers of FOSALUD, the Salvadoran National EMS system, and for Doctors and first responders of Comandos de Salvamento. Classes included the use of advanced equipment such as a portable scanner that can detect internal bleeding.
The EMS school of CDS has started teaching basic first aid to first year students of the Japan school located in Mejicanos city of San Salvador. Each student will be learning didactic theories of being a first responder and learn how to stabilize fractures, choking, and CPR among other themes. Ambulance ride alongs will also be included to get a first hand view of EMS in San Salvador.
CDS has a mission to educate local schools about basic first aid in case they have to provide it in their school and or communities.
Jony Ramos, veteran Comando volunteer offers a didactic course to students.
The CDS gender diversity brigade participated this day in increasing sensitivity about forms of harassment, violence and discrimination.
Specialist on social media gender issues Claudia Hernández Focused on social transformation through understanding inherent rights and empowerment of every individual. Also present was Masters level in Sexual reproductive health, Carolina Morán who talked about gender violence and the rights of youth.
The purpose at said workgroups is to increase sensitivities in all CDS first responders and to increase knowledge within the institution as a whole.