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Clackamas firefighters train locals in Dominican Republic

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Cotui emergency responders receive training for splinting from members of the Clackamas Fire District No. 1 last month. SUBMITTED PHOTOLast month, three members of Clackamas Fire District No. 1 traveled with Global Mission Readiness to the Dominican Republic to train fellow emergency responders.

The members included firefighters Burke Slater, Eric Eidam and Cpt. Brian Rooney, who traveled to the town of Cotui in the province of Sanchez Ramirez.

Forty students from five local towns received training during the four-day training session. The students were mostly firefighters from the region, but also included municipal police, civil defense and Red Cross personnel.

The training included airway management, bleeding control, splinting and a final day of multiple-patient scene management. Students often travel from long distances on their own time to get the valuable training.

Like most areas that Global Mission Readiness serves, the funding, training and equipment are very hard to come by.

“We help teach the students to work within their limited systems with their limited emergency supplies, to be creative and to be advocates for emergency preparedness in their area,” Slater said.

Global Mission Readiness will work with Cotui for the next few years to help with the establishment of an emergency response system. While they have a fire department, it is really in name only. The limited equipment they have does not work, the pump on the fire truck does not work and the only medical equipment they have is what they received from Global Mission Readiness.

You can learn more about Global Mission Readiness at globalmissionreadiness.org.



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