Under the banner of “Los Amigos Project” of the International Rotary Club, Rotarians from the Canadian province of Alberta, coordinated by Jim Campbell, arrived in Mazatlán this past weekend with a generous donation of emergency equipment and vehicles destined for Mazatlán, Culiacán, Tepic, Tonalá, Tepatitlán and Tlaquepaque.
The symbolic handing over of the donations took place at the Rotarian Park “Allan Kuechle” at the corner of Río Grijalva and Juan Pablo II Avenues in Mazatlán.
This time, the donations consisted of two ambulances, two fire trucks, rescue equipment, smoke extractor, foam containers, jaws of life, several hoses of different diameters, fireman suits and boots, respiration equipment and an ultrasound machine.
José de Jesús Sánchez Reynoso, president of Mazatlán’s Rotary Club, commented that the ambulances were practically new with their original paint, new tires and low mileage, one of which registered only 17,000 kilometers on the odometer.
Most of the equipment, he stated, will remain in Mazatlán and the ultrasound machine will be donated to the Municipality of Tlaquepaque in Jalisco.
While here a team of five experts from Lethbridge and Pincher Creek, Alberta, members of the International Rotary Club, are offering a four day training course for firemen, paramedics and emergency services personnel from Mazatlán, Elota, Culiacán, El Rosario and Escuinapa.
At a welcome breakfast, Sánchez Reynoso thanked the team for taking the time to give the course. He went on to say that local institutions have said it is too expensive for them to send their emergency services personnel outside the country for training and now the professionals are bringing it here.