Today the mayor of Nejapa honoed the work of all the volunteers of Comandos de Salvamento that took place when we helped recover victims from the landslide last October 29th 2020. This had taken place in the cantones of Los Angelitos 1 and 2 leaving in it’s destructive path 10 victims and one disappeared.
For the Mayor, Adolfo Rivas Barrios, the performance of each volunteer left evidence of the great love for others that these young people have, under the direction of Alex Torres,who worked 24 straight days during the operation.
It is worth mentioning that without resources or equipment, harder work was done to locate the bodies of the people who had been dragged by the landslide that left the two small villages desolate. It is admirable the effort that these young people gave by going through and looking for the body of Mr. Miguel Maldonado.
The Nejapa Municipal Council also donated rescue equipment, stretchers, ropes, shovels, picks and other implements, an economic incentive to 15 rescuers who day by day gave their time for the rescue work in the landslide.
CDS not only responded to emergencies on December 31st and early morning of January 1, 2021. CDS also collaborated with DelyComida SV Company, who opened their hearts to present an exquisite dinner to homeless people in the vicinity of Parque Libertad in San Salvador.
Inside an ambulance, the Rescue Commandos transported containers of food for about a hundred people who do not have a roof to sleep under and whose nightly refuge is under the portals of La Dalia in Parque Libertad.
Women with children in their arms, the elderly and young people obtained an excellent New Year’s Eve dinner that was financed by the DelyComida SV Company who made available part of their time and products that were shared with those in need.
The people who benefited from the food thanked the representatives of DelyComida SV and CDS for the noble gesture that made them enjoy a good farewell meal of the year.
Since this last Thursday night, more than 100 of our volunteers have been currently recovering victims from a landslide that covered homes in Nejapa north of San Salvador in the neighborhoods of Los Angelitos 1 and 2 . 9 bodies have so far been recovered of around 30 that are missing. We are working side by side with family members, Red Cross, National Firefighters in coordination with the National Response Emergency System .
Families affected have been sheltered in the polideportivo and also local churches . Donations acquired by CDS are being coordinated by our staff in order to bring clothes, food, and disposable diapers for babies.
Comandos will continue over the next days to continue searching for the missing.
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The Pastor General of the Baptist Biblical Tabernacle Friends of Central Israel, Dr. Edgar López Bertrand, known as Pastor Toby Jr., thanked CDS for the recognition given to the church on its LX anniversary.
CDS recently completed 60 years of service to the Salvadoran people and in recent years it has been a link with the Friends of Israel Baptist Biblical Tabernacle, to whom ambulance service is provided in the services that it now holds in the building’s facilities. Gamaliel.
CDS maintains its staff and ambulance in the event of any emergency that arises in its assistance clinic, which is enabled in the 5 services attended by more than 500 people in each service.
The Pastor General Dr. Edgar López Bertrand, thanked in a very special way the contribution that CDS provides.
In addition, CDS thanked Pastor David Borja for the selfless help, who during the quarantine always came to the main headquarters to deliver lunches to the young rescuers. There was also a donation of houses from TABER for the volunteers.
Another person recognized was Pastor Manuel Mejía, “Uncle Meme”, who has always known the work of Comandos and what is necessary in service the church community.
Comandos de Salvamento y Policía Nacional Civil of Tepecoyo, La Libertad, evacuated more than 20 people from Cantón Los Alpes, Asentamiento EL Refugio due to heavy rains that have hit the area over the last couple of hours due to the tropical storms that have come up from Nicaragua. The elderly, women and children were taken to a makeshift shelter at the Tepecoyo school which local authorities had set up.
The National Emergency system contacted CDS volunteers and outlying bases to be on standby over the next few days.
WINDS DAMAGE HOMES IN ALEGRÍA USULUTÁN
Comandos de Salvamento of Alegría, were alerted about the high that caused damage to many houses in Barrio El Calvario and Caserío Potrerío, Cantón Quebracho, de Alegría, Departamento of Usulután
Fallen trees also block the highway from Alegria to Berlin and other neighborhood access roads. Comandos collaborated with Civil Municipal Protection teams to assist the public.
Elements of the Ciudad Arce CDS base carried out disinfection operations in the facilities of the Baptist Tabernacle of Ciudad Arce.
This measure is due to the opening of the buildings this Sunday where the evangelical churches will be able to start their worship work taking into consideration of biosafety measures to avoid contagion of the coronavirus.
Our country registers more than 26 thousand positive cases of COVID-19, of which there are more than 700 people who have lost the battle, therefore, the health authorities have asked the Catholic and Protestant congregations to take all hygiene measures and distancing to avoid contagion.
Comandos will also provide the medical emergency service this Sunday at the Central Baptist Biblical Tabernacles, in its five services, where first responders will also ask for the use of masks and that the protocols established by the central TABER pastoral body are met.
CDS volunteers, members of the military, and people that live there collaborated together in doing a beach cleaning campaign starting in the early hours this last Saturday. Hundreds of people were armed with rakes, brooms to invade Metalio beach in order to clean five squared kilometers.
The purpose in cleaning up bottles, plastic, old shoes and other trash items was so that tourism could enjoy a clean beach. The vice minister of governing, Agustín Chacón thanked the local city hall for helping out in transporting the garbage away from the beach.
Comandos de Salvamento is a public agency that for more than 50 years has offered EMS and Community Health services via there main base and 32 other affiliated groups. The Mayor of Nejapa has decided to help the Nejapa Comandos base with a donation of 200 dollars that will go directly for ambulance gas. CDS Nejapa spends around a thousand dollars a month for gas doing local emergency runs within the Nejapa and Northern San Salvador area.
This will also help Comandos in Nejapa who will be very busy during semana santa while millions of Salvadorans take a week long vacation throughout the country.