Gunfight Ends International Student Trip

U.S. students and specialists from the University of Des Moines Global Health program who had been participating for three days with personnel of CDS, left the country on Thursday the 19th following a shootout in which one child and a gang member died.

The incident occurred at 3:35 pm a few meters from where the health brigade consults were taking place, in San Bartolo, Ilopango.

According to police, apparently some people that appeared to be gang members came to kill 16 yo Julio Palacios. Two stray bullets killed 10 yo child Jorge Alberto Figueroa, 10, who was in a soccer field at a nearby school and injured another child named, “Steven”, who was attending the health consult. According to Dr. Luis Delgado of CDS, the foreign visitors notified their authority figures at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa.

“We were informed that they left between 2:00 and 4:00 in the morning (yesterday), it is a pity because they are bringing back with them a bad impression of our country. The health brigade consults were scheduled to end on Saturday”, said Delgado. There were a total of eighteen students and five experts who participated for two days giving consults in Alegría, Usulután and La Herradura (La Paz).

Moreover, the Director of Education Department of San Salvador, Bartolome Gil lamented the death of the child Jorge Figueroa, a student of Centro Escolar San Bartolo. He also demanded the police to make greater efforts to provide greater surveillance and security. Comandos de Salvamento, and students themselves transported those afflicted with gunshots to surrounding hospitals.

Positive Sea Rescue Simulation

This morning, Comandos along with the Salvadoran Air force practiced beach and sea rescues in order to prepare for the upcoming Holy Week.

CDS successfully conducted on Sunday March 22 the mock air and water rescues at Playa El Majahual in the department of La Libertad.

When the clock hit ten o’clock executive director of CDS, Roberto Cruz gave the green light to start the activity. Domestic and foreign tourists were surprised to see dozens of aid workers, guards and rescuers who were invading the beach at Majahual.

Lifeguards gave the warning to assist three young men injured with a knife on the beach, while more than half hundred lifeguard comandos challenged the angry waters of the Pacific to start the rescue of at least ten people who had been dragged by a sea wave.  One after another the victims were pulled to safety by trained guards from CDS. Rescue workers evacuated the patients from the water to the clinical carearea that had been implemented on the beach.  A helicopter of the Salvadoran Air Force to support the exercise appeared to help launch the start of the event where they rescued victims from the sea currents.  On two occasions the helicopter performed skills in order to evacuate the alleged victims to bring them safely to Earth, while being stabilized by medical and paramedical personnel command then the victims were taken to hospital by air.

With this practice drill, CDS demonstrated the operational capability and knowledge that is taught at the Yolanda Elizabeth Velásquez CDS community EMS school.

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Pictured is Nel the frog man of the comandos, jumping from the UH
helicopter to rescue make believe victims that are already accompanied
with support below.
Comandos Edgar Johny Ramos, Roberto Pacheco and International Rep. Mark Hoffman, assisted from above.

Rescue Simulation this Sunday Playa Majahual

COMANDOS DE SALVAMENTO will be doing a rescue simulation in order to prepare lifeguards and EMS personnel for the upcoming Holy Week
that is celebrated from April 5th to the 12th.  The simulation will start this Sunday March 22nd at Playa El Majahual, department of La Libertad.

Again, in collaboration with the Comandos, the Salvadoran Air Fore will be assisting CDS in making air transports via Helicopter @ sea and
on the beach.  CDS will be training over sixty lifeguards and training them in simple beach rescue to deeper rescues simulated in the ocean.

A provisional clinic will also be setup in order to simulate medical attention brought to those that are rescued.  More than two hundred volunteer youth will be participating through the community education school in Comandos called “Yolanda Elizabeth Velásquez”.  Triage will be done to separate patients that are subacute, and acute. The acute patients will be transported to a local hospital.

COMANDOS DE SALVAMENTO invites all journalist and news agencies to cover the rescue simulation and the training that our volunteer
youth will have in order to offer their services during Holy Week.
DATE: 22nd of March 2009
TIME: 10:00AM
PLACE: Playa El Majahual, Department of La Libertad

CDS News and Communications Department

Presidential Elections 2009

The Comandos were present throughout various voting centers to offer community support throughout San Salvador and the country.  The voting centers opened at 8am and stayed open until 5pm. A historic moment in Salvadoran history when the FMLN candidate Mauricio Funes won the presidency over Arena candidate Roberto Avila.

Votando Feria Internacional

Comalapa MVA

Comandos attended to an 18 wheeler that drove off the road on the way from the airport.

Pictured is International Representative Mark Hoffman with twin survivors of the crash, Henry Valmori Valle, 23 years old and his brother Carlos Alberto Valle.  Sleep deprivation was the possible mechanism of the MVA and they state a guardian angel was with them.

Marco Representiva Internacional

Salvadoran EMS, USAR and Community Health

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