Hot off the press – it has just been decided that Savor San Pedro Food Festival 2010 block party will be Saturday February 13th. Jo and Erin took the kids on a day trip snorkeling and maybe Caye Caulker – I wanted to go but work and laundry were calling so I decided to sit this one out.
While at Banana Bank Workshop I had the opportunity to meet Hilario Ical who is the Logistics Officer for BDARRT – Belize Disaster and Rescue Response Team. We had a lovely conversation while Kenny was taking us back to Belmopan and I told Hilario that tacogirl and Ambergris Daily would be glad to post information about the organization and hopefully generate more interest in that direction.
BDARRT’s facts and information
The Rescue Team is a group of men and women who fight for the lives of others during dangerous and critical situations. These men and women are well prepared with trainings and other unique techniques such as Emergency Medical Techniques, Swift in Water Rescue III, Dive Rescue Techniques, Cave & Confined Space III and High Angle Rescue to overcome any type of danger and to save lives. The effort from this group has been grateful over the past ten years of operation. It is our objective to continue saving more Lives and encouraging young people to join this force; since they are a great, valuable and meaningful example to their children and country, it is an honor to pledge our selves even though our life seems in danger when rescuing others.
Our Mission Statement:
To provide timely and efficient rescue responding services to those affected by disasters, adventurous mishaps and other cases requiring specialized and trained individuals to assist in recovery and extraction to those in need. BDARRT is non-governmental, volunteer organization that strives in improving the skills of its members in areas of swift water rescuing, cave rescue and extraction, and deep water rescues. Training is continuous and very rigorous for all involved both male and female members.
To become Belize’s number one provider in rescue services for swift water, cave and deep sea disasters as well as natural disasters both locally and abroad. We are highly motivated individuals who continuously train hard to ensure that we are prepared for whatever and whenever and all the time. We look forward in serving all those in need and we always aim to please.
Motto: Belize Disaster and Rescue Response Team….going there for you when you need us most.
BDARRT, in Belmopan, presently have 40 active members and is continuing to grow. With our numbers growing, which is an advantage, since there is a larger community to look after but on the other hand we are realizing a reduction of resource or equipments within our team. With the present resources we have, we use them to conduct rescue missions, to conduct free training to students and members of the community, and to train members of the National Emergency Management Organization. Our team has been providing our free services for over ten years.
When conducting training or any rescue mission on a larger scale, we then rely on the community’s support in by renting their equipments: boats, and rescue gears.
We believe that having an emergency rescue service in place like BDARRT is invaluable to the general public. BDARRT ensures that our services are not only offered to the resident of Belize that is caught in mishaps but for the comfort of the visiting tourists as well.
With our experienced and qualified rescue technicians we are proud to lend our services where ever and whenever we are in most need. By having our own means of transportation, rescue boat, and rescue gears and with our already trained personnel we can better render prompt services when ever we are called fort. Hence proper and sufficient equipments are needed and we will continue our best in our training and to raise funds to support our team for the betterment of the community and for their safeguard.
Below is a list of equipments urgently needed by BDARRT to conduct more trainings that is much needed just in time for another hurricane season that commence in June to November and not only that but also for any emergency cases that may present itself anytime.
Any form of help in any amount will be highly appreciated and beneficial to the residents of Belize and for the safety of her visitors. Any donations made will be made public and full recognition will be given by BDARRT.
Belize Disaster and Rescue Response Team:
Below is a list of equipments BDARRT is kindly requesting donors to assist with as much as possible. Any form of assistance will be great.
|6||Brake bar rack||aluminum|
|9||Two screw links||5|
|19||Small throw bag||6|
|20||Rescue medical kit||4|
|21||Swift water rescue||2|
|29||Cave & Confine Space rescue||2|
|55m Static line|
|30||11m Static line||2|
|32||2” Pulleys||Stainless steel||5|
|33||Prusik mining pulley||1|
|41||Patient Package Kit|
|Sked/stoke rescue basket|