5 volunteers to teach EMS in Kumasi, Ghana, Africa
Volunteers from Clackamas Fire District 1, Jared Wick, Tyler Dickerson, Graham Heard, veteran volunteer Kyle Myers and Patrick DeLair head to Kumasi, Ghana, Africa to teach the national first responders Emergency Medical Services. This is GMR’s third teaching trip to Ghana. The class will be about building skills from previous missions, teaching new techniques as well as donating equipment. Some of the equipment that will be donated are trauma supplies, airway adjuncts, CPR training aids, to name a few.
The class will focus on local emergencies. While natural disasters do not happen that often, it is not unheard of. The team will cover triaging multiple patients as well as best methods of transporting multiple people to definitive care.
Hospitals and clinics are spread out in this region. Sometimes taking 4-5 hours to get to the next big city that has care. First Responders will learn techniques to take care of patients for longer than the 10-20 miniutes that first responders in the states care for patients.
To learn more about this trip and to follow along, follow GMR on Facebook and Instagram. You can donate to this trip by going to the donate tab and selecting Africa.
Pat DeLair has volunteered for nonprofit Global Mission Readiness for eight years
Besides being a lieutenant with Clackamas Fire, Pat DeLair also has volunteered for the nonprofit Global Mission Readiness for eight years. GMR is a charitable organization that was founded by a group of Clackamas firefighters dedicated to providing emergency services education, training and resources to developing nations, and to promote disaster prevention and self-reliance. To date, GMR has trained thousands of first responders in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, Central Europe and Southeast Asia.
Over the past year, the current GMR CEO Don Davis has been training DeLair to lead the next chapter of the nine-year-old organization. DeLair, a 10-year veteran of Clackamas Fire, currently serves as the vice president and operations director with the GMR Board of Directors. Davis plans to retire in late 2018 as a captain for Clackamas Fire and will pass the GMR reins to DeLair at the end of 2017. “I would have never dreamed we’d be on our 54th project, having trained over 2,000 emergency responders in 13 countries,” Davis said. “These people are now teaching others the curriculum we have shared during this journey.”
DeLair is active in his community and serves on the Clackamas Firefighters Pipes & Drums Honor Band. He has been instrumental in fostering a number of GMR training projects in South America, including a fire academy in June for Cusco, Peru.
GMR was founded on the premise that many countries are grossly underfunded and lack basic government support for emergency services. GMR brings education to those in need by providing multiple courses in first aid, fire service training, specialty rescue, disaster preparedness and law enforcement. The emphasis is on self-reliance, so that disaster relief will someday be unnecessary.
GMR has over 100 volunteers from Oregon, Washington and California representing firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors and law enforcement officers who donate their time and raise funds to travel and train others.
With no paid employees, GMR relies solely on donations, grants and fundraisers to support its projects abroad. Even as GMR’s CEO, DeLair will have to keep his job with Clackamas Fire and volunteer to serve GMR during his time off.
DeLair has led teams of volunteers to Bolivia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and coming up in January — Ghana, Africa. One of DeLair’s goals with GMR is to reach out to other agencies and first responders while in a country teaching and training. He says this will not only promote GMR’s mission, but also allow GMR to grow and reach more communities in a positive way. DeLair is proud of what GMR has done and looking forward to the future.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to directly contribute to GMR’s present and future,” DeLair said. “As a seasoned GMR traveler, I hope to help the experienced and inexperienced volunteers take a more active role in changing people’s lives by achieving GMR’s mission worldwide.” To learn more about GMR, to donate or to get involved, you can visit www.globalmissionreadiness.org or email DeLair at [email protected].
When you love something, sometimes you got to set it free. It has been an incredible run, but after much planning and deliberation, I will be stepping down as CEO of Global Mission Readiness, effective December 31st, 2017. Vice President and Operations Director, Patrick DeLair will assume the leadership of GMR when he is sworn in as the new CEO that day. Pat has been shadowing me over the last year and possesses the same buy-in and vision for our great organization. To our many partners around the world: Please allow patience as he learns his new position and welcome him with open arms. Pat has some great new ideas and goals, but will also continue fostering the same relationships with all of you. I am incredibly excited to see where he takes GMR in the future.
I’m so proud of this organization and the journey we have embarked on in our meager 9 years of existence. We set out with a goal of providing free education, resources and equipment to emergency responders around the world who were less fortunate or had little or no access to training. Our emphasis has always been on self-reliance and teaching others to teach themselves. I would have never dreamed we’d be on our 54th project, having trained over 2000 emergency responders in 13 countries. These people are now teaching others the curriculums we have shared during this journey. Many lives have been impacted by this education as we often receive success stories of people saved, pics and messages of thanks, for helping them help others. We have empowered over 100 volunteers to come out of their shells, travel to some primitive locations and make the world a safer place.
I would like to thank our many supporters who have sponsored our trips and volunteers over the years. Without your help, we are nothing. Please continue to support GMR now, more than ever! Thank you to all of the students, interpreters and volunteers who embraced this concept. It has been unbelievable to communicate through language barriers and still achieve understanding. Turns out we’re not so different. Keep training and learning your craft. I will miss all of you greatly! A special shout out to the late Lucia Carrera, who was our life blood in South America. She WAS GMR Peru. I wish I had another chance to tell her how much she meant to us. Our incredible Board Of Directors who have shaped who we are and kept me in line and focused will always have a special place in my heart: Burke Slater, Steve Hoffeditz, Becky Russell, Pat DeLair, Dr. Craig Warden and Brian Rooney, who challenged me to do something about the world’s problems, which ultimately led to GMR. Last but not least, my family: Hunter, Korey and my wife Whitney, who sacrificed so much so I could ultimately spend months away from home to do what I do. Whitney literally pushed me to form GMR when I wasn’t sure of myself and has put up with this machine for all these years. I could not have done ANY of this without her support and encouragement. Without her, I would not have started this journey and GMR would not exist. Words cannot express how thankful I am for her and my boys. Love all you guys!
I have one year remaining at Clackamas Fire as a fire captain before my retirement. Passing the reins of GMR will allow me to focus on my family and my final year at work. I plan to travel in 2019 and beyond, and trust I will still have some places to stay and visit with some of our friends abroad. Thank you everyone for this amazing experience! Good luck and God bless you all!
El Rosal Fire Department Plays Host For Regional Training
A first for Global Mission Readiness, Hazardous Materials training will begin in El Rosal, Cundinamarca, Columbia on 26-28 October, 2017. “Volunteers teaching Volunteers” is the theme of this and the majority of our projects as GMR Volunteers from Portland Fire, Gresham Fire and Clackamas Fire will be teaching the basics of hazardous materials response during emergencies. GMR has had multiple training projects in Colombia before and look forward to continuing the relationships that have been established as well as expand the curriculum into HazMat.
The three day course will focus on defining hazardous materials, identification, awareness, and decontamination for firefighters. Our curriculum starts out with the basics and expands to more advanced concepts over time. This class reinforces GMR’s mission of self-reliance. Teaching the firefighters of El Rosal, Cundinamarca how to handle these types of emergencies and keeping each other safe, as well as their community, is exactly what GMR is about. A special thank you to the volunteers from GMR traveling for bringing this specialized training into an area of need.