The San Francisco Fire Department and Firefighters from Bend, Oregon, will be joining ERSLA in the coming weeks to conduct essential firefighting training in several fire stations in Northern Nicaragua.
During the visit, they will be conducting swift water training and exercises with local firefighters.This training is vital here in Nicaragua where tropical storms, flooding and other disasters often occur. The fire stations in Nicaragua have limited resources and knowledge of various rescue operations.
The swift water rescue training course will be a joint effort of the ERSLA staff, Bend firefighters and San Francisco firefighters volunteering their time. The Nicaraguans will be trained in how to use ropes, water safety and rescue, and specifically in working during white water conditions. The rainy season in Nicaragua lasts from May through November and often produces extremely heavy rainfalls in a short period of time. It is essential that these firefighters be able to rescue persons in these precarious conditions.
We are excited for the arrival of these firefighters who will be volunteering their expertise and working alongside firefighters in the North of Nicaragua, we will be keeping you up to date via our facebook, instagram, and twitter. Follow us and we will keep you up to date with all the photos and information from their trip!!