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

Nurse attacked by pensioner as she helped him outside Letterkenny hospital

first_imgA pensioner assaulted a nurse after she came to his aid after he collapsed outside a hospital.Charles Lynagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with assaulting nurse Amanda Sweeney. Lynagh, aged 69, was found lying unconscious outside Letterkenny University Hospital at 1.10pm on June 20th, 2017.Nurse Sweeney tried to lift Lynagh and as she did so he struck out and struck her in the face.CCTV footage fo the attack was shown to Judge Paul Kelly in court.She had to see a hospital consultant and leave work after being bruised above her left eye.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was drunk and he had no recollection of the attack.He paid tribute to nurse Sweeney who was back in work the day after the attack.“This was a very traumatic incident for nurse Sweeney but it is a testament of the character of the nurses in Letterkenny that she was back in the work the next day,” he said.The court heard that Lynagh, of Tirlaughlin, Carrigart, had 30 previous convictions, many of which for public order.Judge Kelly asked if Lynagh had apologised to nurse Sweeney and if he planned to make recompense to her.Mr Gallagher said his client had not apologised yet and that he was a man of very little means who had succumbed to alcohol in his life.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 7th for a community service and probation report.He thanked nurse Sweeney for coming to court and for her “approach to the matter.”Nurse attacked by pensioner as she helped him outside Letterkenny hospital was last modified: November 1st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultCharles LynaghdonegalhospitalNURSElast_img read more