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(8 SEP 2014) Volunteers with Global Mission Readiness return to Colombia this week in what will be a comprehensive three day course on automobile extrication for volunteer firefighters from the region.  Organized by Lt. Orlando Rodelo of the Tenjo, Colombia Fire Department, the course has been months in the making and will take place in the outskirts of Bogota.  It will involve techniques in vehicle stabilization, patient care, extrication utilizing available tools, cutting & prying skills and mechanical advantage.

This group of GMR volunteers include: Team Leader Don Gresham, Instructors Ed Resch, Zach Parrish, Gary Fergus, and Anthony Braxton.  All members of this group are from Portland Fire & Rescue and include several veteran members of previous GMR projects abroad.

It will be GMR's second project in the area, having visited Cajica in 2010 for an EMS project.  For for information on attending the course, emergency responders in Colombia can contact Lt. Orlando Rodelo at the number listed above in the flyer.  

Good luck crew and be safe!







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September, 2014 - Auto Extrication & Firefighter RIT Training

Tenjo - Cundinamarca, Colombia

September, 2014 - EMS
Durango, Mexico

 November, 2014 - Intermediate Water Rescue Training

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

November, 2014 - Basic Water Rescue Training: SAR Bolivia

Cochabamba, Bolivia

March, 2015 - USAR

Arequipa, Peru


Other sites in 2015:

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Caraz, Peru



Press Releases

GMR instructors concluded another successful project in Peru as members from Cusco Fire #39 wrapped up training. Our instructors, representing Portland Fire & Rescue, taught a comprehensive course in trench rescue, collapse, RIT and SCBA training. Read More...
A two part emergency response training course is underway in Cusco, Peru with bomberos from Cusco Station #39. An on-going training project, this course will cover topics ranging from RIT and Safety & Survival, to Structural Collapse and Trench Rescue. The four person team comes from Portland Fire. Read More...
GMR volunteers are back in Kumasi Ghana teaching EMS first responder education to members of the National Disaster Management Organization of Ghana. What was intended to be a course for a small group of people has spread to multiple areas within the Sekyere Afram Plains District involving many. Read More...
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