By Néstor Alí Gómez
On January 31st, an ambulance valued at more than US $45,000 was donated to the Volunteer Fire Department of San Juan del Sur. María Esperanza Healy Lacayo and María Castillo made the donation from the “Angels with a Mission” Foundation, based in the United States, in coordination with Dr. Bradford Martin and Amy Wiza of “Wisconsin Partner of America” in Nicaragua.
Representatives of the San Juan del Sur “COMUPRED” (Municipal Committees for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention of Disasters), local government and members of the Fire Department attended the donation ceremony.
The purpose of the donation is to improve the work done by the volunteer Fire Department in the Port City of San Juan del Sur, which has been operating since 2006, and therefore, contributed to the health and safety of the people of San Juan del Sur as well as the thousands of visitors.
Estela Morales, Municipal Politic Secretary and Executive Secretary of Comupred emphasized that:
This ambulance will be for public service, meaning that there will be no private transportation. It is one hundred percent designed to provide services to the population free of charge. The donation was made directly to the Fire Department, but was channeled through the COMUPRED. It will be used by this association for any eventuality
The vehicle is equipped with immobilization and transfer devices, basic first response kit and has a capacity for 2 patients at a time. Commander Alfonso Garcia, Head of Unit San Juan del Sur Unified Firefighters, said that “the ambulance will be operated by the personnel of the unit, who have a technical level in first aid. Currently we have 8 colleagues trained to operate it” said Alfonso Garcia.
The emergency numbers to request the free service of the ambulance are: 2560-1540 or 8740-5340. Routes can only be made in the urban areas of San Juan del Sur, because the characteristics of the ambulance, do not allow it to be suitable for transit on unpaved roads.