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Search and Rescue

TRAGEDY IN NEJAPA/RECOVERY IN PROCESS

Landslide in Nejapa. A Mass Casualty Incident.

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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FEMAL FALLS 50 METERS

Comandos de Salvamento helps rescue the injured patient.

Comandos de Salvamento’s High Angle rescue team helped rescue a female near la zona del Ingenio El Ángel de Apopa after she had lost her balance on an iron bridge and fell. CDS collaborated with the Red Cross in offering the patient not only first aid, but emotional support due to injuries sustained.

The rescue took approximately 40 minutes to help 48yo Marisol Santos Fuentes Reyes, who suffered a compound leg fracture. The patient was secured and transported to higher level of care at Rosales Hospital.

Another MVA

Attending EMS providers in the back of the ambulance.

2 people were injured during an MVA that took place along the highway to the international airport at the overpass of Santo Tomas. EMS providers intervened to assist the injured and transported them to local hospitals after rescuing them from their car that had fallen over a small embankment.

 

The injured reported, “imperfect mechanical problems,” as the cause of the accident.

El automotor cayó a una pequeña barranca

Buried Alive Rescue

EMS staff from CDS rescued 50yo Mario Antonio Ramirez after he was buried under a wall that he was working on when it fell apart. The incident happened at  la 23ª. Avenida Norte and cross street la Alameda Juan Pablo II en San Salvador. The patient was immediately packaged and transported to Rosales Hospital.

Socorristas de Comandos de Salvamento trasladan a Mario Antonio Ramírez, de 50 años.

 

NUEVOS RESCATISTAS EN COMANDOS DE SALVAMENTO

Voluntarios de Comandos de Salvamento ponen en práctica su destreza

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.

 

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Executive Director of more than 30 years, Cruz, leads the pack on a long distant run throughout the city.

Mujeres demostraron su valor.

La sonrisa es ahora parte de las 7 señoritas que se graduaron como rescatistas.

Landslide Recovery

Urban Search and Rescue was dispatched this morning to rescue two workers when they were building a retaining wall on Conchagua, Santa Elena, Antiguo Cuscatlán.

One of the workers was still alive when Comandos started to offer CPR and initiate rapid transport to a local Emergency Department while the body of 46yo Gregorio de Jesús Rivera was recovered.

The second victim was under several layers of mud.
Comandos de Salvamento recover Gregorio de Jesús Rivera.

Comandos Leave for Mexico

With their faith in God and the courage of a typical Comando this morning, a small contingent from our main base left this morning to Mexico City to join in on Search and Rescue/Recovery efforts already underway for the last 24 hours when the earthquake hit Tuesday September 19th.

Comando Veterans included Roberto Campos, Jhonny Edgar Ramos, Carlos Vásquez, Roberto Márquez, Josué Najarro and Edwin Portal. One by one they gathered their belongings and said goodbye to their families. One of their children wrote a message on a prominent social networking site, “We will pray that you return dad, you are an example to follow by dedicating your life to save others, I love you and await your return.”

This Wednesday afternoon, a second group of Comando volunteers will be sent to Mexico to help in recovery efforts.

Edgar Jhonny Ramos and the gang ready to part to Mexico.
Comandos de Salvamento have specialty trained brigades for rescue under collapsed structures.
The spirit of the CDS institution is very high.
Ready to help our Mexican brothers and sisters.
The first group of volunteers to be sent to Mexico, the 2nd, tomorrow.
Jhonny Ramos prepares his belongings.
Josué Najarro and Carlos Vásquez gear checking.
Off to the airport.
Grupo USAR ready to board the plane.

Comandos Head to Mexico due to Earthquake

Pictured are the El Salvador USAR team members in Ecuador during their recent Earthquake.

El Salvador’s USAR team which is composed of members from Comandos de Salvamento are heading to Mexico City in collaboration with other groups in order to help the public that were affected by two earthquakes.

These young volunteers have been specifically trained in the search, rescue and recovery operations and will be dispatched in a few hours in order to help our Mexican brothers and sisters that have been affected by three earthquakes within the span of one month. More than 100 have been killed or disappeared.

Members of Comandos de Salvamento during the trudged in Ecuador.
Today, various people have gone missing amongst the debris.
7.1 richter scale of destruction today in Mexico City.

Comandos Awarded Recognition by President of El Salvador

CDS were presented with face to face presidential recognition for the heroic work the institution did at the treasurery department 4th level fire last July 7th where 4 people died.

During a formal ceremony, President Sanchez Ceren formally recognized the National Fire Dept, Comandos, Green Cross, Social Security, FOSALUD, Health Ministry, and government employees of the treasury dept who collaborated together in stamping the fire out within an hour and a half.

Also recognized for their service was the occupational securitY and the environmental corps for immediately evacuating more than 320 people present in the building.

The following people received the medal star of Nu Tanesi:

Supervisor of the environmental corps and security of the treasury dept.,Carlos Castro. José Francisco Zeceña of the National Fire Dept., Jorge Alberto Meléndez, of Red Cross; Elvis Alexis Morales Rodas, Of Green Cross and veteran Comando Luis Adalberto Canales Colato.

Medals of Valor were also given to Salvadoran Airforce pilots Hector Rafael Marroquín Chacón, Sidney Ernesto Marenco Ardón, Robinson Salvador Cubias González, Luis Alfonso Amaya Medrano aircraft specialist Saúl Moisés Flores Cruz for their bravery, courage and professionalism while evacuating two employees from the roof. The Salvadoran government also donated 35,000 dollars to the Red Cross, Green Cross and Comandos to help each institution and their mission to offer EMS services throughout the country.

El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén awarding Comandos Executive Director, Roberto Cruz.

Salvador Sánchez Cerén placing an award on the coat of arms flag of Comandos de Salvamento.

 The president placing a star medal  “Nu Tanesi”  on Luis Adalberto Canales Colato.

Medallas Estrella “Nu Tanesi” otorgadas a los héroes.