Ambergris Caye Emergency Rescue needs you!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 28            July 13, 2006

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Weíve heard a lot about this recently formed rescue squad for Ambergris Caye, previously known as First Responders. It makes for easier breathing knowing that there is a rescue squad based here on the island, and that in case of emergency; there will be qualified individuals who will come to our aid. To get qualified takes time, energy, and that ever-present problem: money!

   Sterling Vorus, owner of the Island Ferry has been instrumental in the development of ACER (Ambergris Caye Emergency Rescue), and has pushed for all his boat captains to be trained in First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of AEDs. Using his dispatchers as points of contact, Island Ferry boats can respond up and down the coast of Ambergris Caye. Personnel and supplies can be delivered on site within a short period of time.

   To continue in the qualification process, ACER will be training through doctors and medical trainers in association with Global Medical Rescue Services, Limited at Ian Andersonís Cave Branch Resort. The first week of training takes place from Monday, July 17th and runs through Friday, July 21st. The second week will take place from July 23rd to July 27th. The training will help ensure that the ACER team will be available to respond to local emergencies and disasters around the region. It is imperative that we have such a group trained and qualified to help in the case of an emergency, especially now that hurricane season has begun. San Pedro can consider itself blessed to have a team such as ACER that is voluntarily dedicating their time and energy in the aid of their community.

   Current members are dedicated to the success of this organization, and have volunteered to serve Ambergris Caye. Four members of the group have decided to undertake the one-week training challenge on the mainland, but they need the communityís help to assist in paying for their course. Organizers have managed to negotiate a discounted price of $700 per student for this most valuable course. Sterling Vorus and Cullen Walker are paying their own way, but ask that the community help in the form of a scholarship for the other four membersí training. These members include Jason Edwards, Armando Garcia, Dario Espinoza and Francis Pinnock. Already Jan Brown of The Pier Lounge and The Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce have pledged their monetary support, and we ask that the rest of the community help in the training of these exemplary young men. Those looking to offer their monetary assistance can do so by stopping by the Island Ferry office and making a contribution.
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