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Red Cross San Miguel Gets More Equipment Donations

Ambulances

By Jesús Aguado

Thanks to a combination of donations and state grants, The Red Cross of San Miguel now has two new specialized ambulances as well as a truck for urban rescue.

The next goal, Red Cross San Miguel President Leticia Fernández said, is to arrange for more paramedics in shifts. She will soon announce a plan for that change.

Monthly, the Red Cross provides prehospital medical services in more than 600 incidents, including suicide attempt calls. In 2018, there were 29 such calls.

Red Cross volunteers and local authorities attended a ceremony on June 26 to formally hand over the vehicles. It took place in front of the former city hall building. There, Fernández said that the funds raised at the organization’s 2018 gala dinner—plus funds from two anonymous donors—allowed the Red Cross to purchase an intensive care ambulance. The state donated the second ambulance, for a total investment of 2.2 million pesos.

Last year, the San Miguel City Council made the urban rescue truck purchase possible by donating 420,000 pesos. The state matched that amount. The truck will be useful for aquatic accidents, getting into confined spaces, and dealing with calls involving hazardous materials.

Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal handed out the urban rescue truck’s keys at the ceremony.

“I want to congratulate Sanmiguelenses because we have the best Red Cross of México, an organization made up of men and women committed with charity and service,” he said. “I want to acknowledge the members of my city council because they never hesitate to contribute to the efforts of the work performed by the volunteers of the Red Cross.”

Currently the organization has 250 volunteers, 12 vehicles, and provides emergency services twenty-four hours a day. Calls are transferred to the Red Cross by 911 operators—controlled and managed by the Secretariat of Public Safety. The 911 service has bilingual (Spanish and English) operators.

 

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