Central American, US Firefighters Grow Competencies, Partnerships

first_imgBy Martin Chahin / Joint Task Force Bravo Public Affairs February 25, 2020 Like past years going back more than a decade, Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) welcomed 25 Central American firefighters from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to be trained during an iteration of CENTAM SMOKE — a biannual firefighting exercise — February 3-7 at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.Though this exercise involves many of the same countries each year, each iteration brings new participants to train on life-saving skills. Classes are taught by members of the Soto Cano Fire Department — part of the 612th Air Base Squadron — to strengthen competencies for each of the participants and to learn from one another different techniques used in each country. The result is firefighters who share a common understanding of their craft and who are ready to facilitate future operations with coherent unity of effort.“Our instructors are experts in the field of fighting structural fires, aircraft fires, and technical rescue of passengers,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Kyle Dobler, CENTAM SMOKE director. “To give an example, two of our instructors participating in this training are instructors of the U.S. Air Force Fire Fighting Academy in Europe. This shows the level of knowledge of our instructors for the benefit of the participants.”During the week of training, participants practiced security techniques, good use of personal equipment, structural fires and aircraft fires. They were able to familiarize themselves with equipment and receive first-responder medical training.“This is the first time that I am in this kind of training, and I am very grateful for being here,” said Silvia Lemus, a Guatemalan firefighter and exercise participant. “This training is of vital importance because we will do things better in our countries — and even better, when several countries are being trained. Now we return to our country to teach what we learned here.”In 13 years, JTF-Bravo has trained over 800 members of the Central American fire corps, making the work done in each country more efficient and forming a group of connected professionals more prepared to jointly face regional disasters.“This training matters only if you take the skills we’ve gained together and share them with your teams,” said U.S. Army Colonel Steve Barry, JTF-Bravo commander. “When you spread best practices, the value of this training is exponential. I sleep more soundly knowing we have an interconnected community of firefighters in this region who share a common understanding of their craft and who are ready to facilitate future operations with coherent unity of effort.”last_img read more

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: I feel same pressure as Jurgen Klopp

first_img Press Association Klopp makes his Barclays Premier League debut in the White Hart Lane encounter on Saturday as he looks to reinvigorate the Reds’ disappointing start to the season. The German has set his stall out to lead the Merseyside club to one title within four years, while in the short term he and Pochettino are scrapping it out for a place in the top four. Spurs have hired six managers in 10 years in pursuit of regular Champions League football and Pochettino believes his job comes with an equal burden of pressure. “Can he win one title in four years? I don’t know. It’s a question for other people, not me,” the Argentinian said. “I believe he knows he is in a big club and Liverpool have a lot of expectation. It’s like us at Tottenham – there is the same pressure. In a few years we need to win some titles too, no? “I think it’s very good for the Premier League that he comes here. “He impressed us with his job at Borussia Dortmund and we wish him all the best – after Saturday.” Pochettino led Southampton to eighth in his first full campaign in England, which equalled the club’s highest league finish since 1990. Southampton’s players quickly adopted Pochettino’s high-pressing style and he believes Klopp can make a similarly swift impact at Anfield. “Convince the players they believe in your philosophy and your ideas – that’s the first important thing,” Pochettino said. “Then you need to know the culture, the different mentality, the different football in England. “When you are a manager like Klopp and you have the capacity to manage in the Champions League final, you have the skill to adapt your ideas to the new culture.” center_img Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is under just as much pressure as Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp.last_img read more

DC United captain Wayne Rooney’s MLS career by the numbers so far

first_img“I remain fully focused on giving my all for the team for the rest of this season and repaying the support shown by the Black-and-Red faithful by hopefully delivering an MLS Cup to Audi Field.”- @WayneRooney #DCU pic.twitter.com/uB8ywLmQhO— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 6, 201943 – Rooney might now be 33, but he is a near ever-present for DC, playing 43 matches for the club so far, tied for second in MLS during that time.23 – The former Manchester United star played in a deeper role at times before moving to MLS, but he has been a striker at DC and has scored 23 times in MLS. Only three players have scored more in that period.21.3 – Rooney, by scoring 23, has bettered his xG, although that statistic also has him fourth in MLS over that time.19 – Of his strikes, Rooney has scored 19 times with his right foot. That is the most of any MLS star since he left Everton.6 – The ex-England ace is renowned for his ability to shoot from distance and that is evident in another two statistics in which he has led the way in MLS. He has scored more goals from outside the box (six) than any other player, with more of those (four) coming from direct free-kicks than any rival.14 – Rooney can be a creator, too, though, and he has 14 assists in a DC uniform. He has created 101 chances in all. Wayne Rooney’s MLS career will be cut short in January after he agreed a deal to leave DC United for Derby County.The former England captain has turned around DC’s fortunes since moving stateside just over a year ago, but he will take up a player-coach role with the Championship club in 2020. MLS in ‘very advanced discussions’ with St. Louis about expansion, commissioner says MLS postgame fireworks show canceled because of … the plague? MLS on Alejandro Bedoya’s anti-gun violence moment: ‘We understand’center_img 37 – The combined figure of goals and assists puts Rooney tied for second for goal involvements since joining DC. Los Angeles FC’s runaway MVP candidate Carlos Vela (50) is the only player with more. He has been involved in 53.6 percent of his team’s goals.13 – DC has won 13 points thanks to Rooney’s goals this season, a figure that puts him second in MLS. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (20), his former Manchester United teammate at LA Galaxy, has had a greater hand in his team’s success.121 – Rooney has been effective without needing to have every match run through him. Of those MLS players to play at least 16 games since his arrival, Rooney (56.5) ranks 121st for touches per game. Wayne Rooney to leave D.C. United for Derby at end of MLS season United will hope he can continue to perform in the mean time as it chases a playoff berth this season.And Rooney’s displays to date suggest he may well prove inspirational, as these Opta numbers show. (If you like what you see here, go to @OptaJack on Twitter and give ’em a follow.) Related Newslast_img read more