VOLUNTEERS IN THE FIELD
LIMA, PERU LAW ENFORCEMENT
Final Words From Team Leader Ed Resch
(19 April 2013) Team Lima has landed safely in Dallas, Texas and is eagerly awaiting the final leg of our journey home. In reflection, the instructors couldn't be more proud of the of the performance displayed by the Peruvian National Police stationed at the Emergencia Division located in LaVictoria, Lima, Peru. Their dedication to enhancing citizen safety was greatly exhibited during the final two days of scenario based training.
On the final day of training, the "police tactics" students participated in several officer down situations while the "rescue" students were given a multi-car accident with several injured patients that would challenge their weeks worth of training. After lunch both groups of students were put to test with the final scenario being a bank robbery suspect leaving the scene in a vehicle that caused a car crash into a group of pedestrians. To add a bit of chaos to the training scenario, the supposed bank robbery suspect shot two bystanders, creating victims with critical injuries. While the police students performed a two car, high risk stop, the rescue students staged their equipment in the safety zone before being cleared into the scene to treat victims. All told, two bank robbery suspects were apprehended and six victims were treated with injuries ranging from severe blood loss to neck injuries. I'm proud to say all patients "made it to the hospital".
Team Lima members Ryan Foote, Don Livingston, Bryan Profit, Don Gresham, John Robinson and Ed Resch would like to send a shout out to all those that made this trip possible. With out you we wouldn't be able to continue on our pursuit to bring emergency training to places that lack the resources to have these classes. The list of names to thank would take several pages so we'll send a big Thank You to you all. We'll see you in the trenches. Out...
TACTICAL MEDIC TRAINING UNDERWAY IN LIMA
PORTLAND POLICE OFFICERS & FIREFIGHTERS TEACH POLICE TACTICS & MEDICINE TO PERUVIAN COUNTERPARTS
(10 APR 2013) Two days of teaching are done and things couldn't have gone better. Rescue instructors Don Gresham, John Robinson and Ed Resch brought over 45 years of pre-hospital experience into the classroom for a course on trauma assessment and treatment. The students learned how to assess and treat for life threatening injuries by applying tourniquets and administering combat gauze for severe blood loss. Other topics included anatomy and physiology, vital signs, primary/secondary survey, splinting fractures and spinal immobilization. The day finished with RCP (CPR in the US) with chest compressions being taught to the sounds of the song "Stayin' Alive".
While the rescue instructors were teaching a condensed trauma class, the Peruvian National Police welcomed Portland police officer Ryan Foote and Sergeant Don Livingston. Control holds, arrest techniques, defensive tactics and officer down training occurred on the concrete "futbol" field in the center of the base. Several of the command staff were so impressed by GMR's new police instructors that a request was made to have them stay for the next 3 months to train the entire National Police Force. I'm not sure the families back home, or the Police Bureau, would go for that, so there may be a return mission in their future.
Portland Police Officer Ryan Foote (pictured in center) overseeing control holds & arrest techniques. This course provides elements of both police work & medical training in a tactical situation. Safety & survival is one of the basic core components.
When it's all said and done we will have trained 100 members of the elite Rescate at the Emergencia Division located in LaVictoria which serves the entire city of Lima with a population of over 8,000,000. Over 300 pounds of equipment that is being used will be donated upon completion and this wouldn't have been possible had it not been for our families and those that believe in the GMR cause. From your slightly tired and mildly sunburned friends down here in Peru, we want to say thank you for giving us this opportunity. More updates to follow as we find the ever elusive wifi signal. Out...
GMR Team Lima
Training for the Peruvian National Police Begins
(5 April 2013) Global Mission Readiness embarks Saturday on our 26th training project when volunteers take to Lima, Peru for two weeks of hands-on training with the Peruvian National Police. This newly-developed course will cover a myriad of subjects including police tactics, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, tactical medicine and downed-officer drills that will incorporate “rescuing their own”. This extensive course was developed by members of Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue who are volunteering for Global Mission Readiness to make this possible.
The Emergency Division of the Peruvian National Police (a first-responder source) has fulfilled its mission nationally since 1977, fighting against common and organized crime, protecting against civil unrest, conducting search & rescue missions around the region, and safeguarding the public through emergency medical services and technical rescue. The unit was formed by police officers with a high sense of humanitarian spirit. They are extremely dedicated to their craft and possess amazing knowledge, skills and abilities. After seeing them in action on multiple projects in this South American country, it became abundantly clear that this group of officers and rescue workers from the capital city of 8.5 million people mean business. There has been no part of Peru they will not travel to, in order to be a part of our training and improve their skills to protect and serve their community.
Team Lima will be led by veteran Team Leader, Ed Resch, and instructors Don Livingston, Ryan Foote, Don Gresham, Bryan Profit, John Robinson and Lucia Carrera. GMR would like to send a special thank you to Colonel Carlos Aguilar Reyes of the Peruvian National Police Emergency Division, who has coordinated this project and deserves much of the credit for making his division better educated to safeguard the city of Lima and beyond through this education.
After several training projects together over the years, GMR will stay dedicated to the PNP, helping to strengthen their skills and education with the latest techniques in public safety.
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April 8, 2013 - Tactical Medic & Hazmat Training, Lima Peru
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