PROJECT "Now it's our turn"
· Obtaining paramedic, rescue, and fire-fighting equipment
· Refurbishing the fire station
· Acquiring an ambulance
· Global grant: Procuring a vehicle with fire-extinguishing equipment that uses water and aqueous film-forming foam
Paramedic, rescue, and fire-fighting equipment:
This sub-project entails requesting the support of District 5240 Clubs to contact their local Fire Department and asking them to donate used equipment in good conditions, to be used by paramedics for emergencies and rescues, and by firefighters to combat fires.
We propose that those clubs willing to help, collect this equipment and, at a specified date, send them to a collection center (possibly a USAF base), so that it can be consolidated and brought to Guatemala.
In order to transport it to Guatemala, we propose that small pieces of equipment be placed inside the vehicle(s) that can be obtained, e.g. an ambulance, a firetruck, a tanker, etc., since these will become containers for the small equipment when being air transported.
Obtaining an Ambulance:
This involves requesting the support of various local or foreign institutions in order to obtain the donation of an equipped ambulance to serve the inhabitants of Antigua Guatemala and neighboring areas. Due to budget limitations, it would be better if it is a small vehicle with a diesel engine. A small-sized ambulance is more convenient because it is often used to serve people in areas where access is difficult.
Refurbishing the Fire Station:
This seeks to secure local and international support to refurbish the current Fire Station, which lacks even the most basic facilities for its occupants.
We already have a design (attached) to readapt the existing building. We are convinced and maintain that firefighters are essential Public Servants, and that the local population must help them.
The refurbishment of the Station is justified due to the current precarious conditions of the building. There are no separate bedrooms for male and female firefighters; there is no training area or a suitable place for them to prepare and eat their meals. The aim is to accommodate the station to ensure that the firefighters have a decent and suitable place to work.
This sub-project consists of starting the procedures before RI as soon as possible, seeking to ensure the support of our GDR and our club in order to obtain a US$50,000.00 Global Grant
These funds will be used to purchase a vehicle and the equipment to mix and pump an aqueous film-forming foam to put out fires efficiently, reducing the potential damages that applying water pumped under pressure would cause to priceless architectural structures.
The justification for this need is that Antigua Guatemala is a city that was established almost 500 years ago. It has historical buildings, libraries, museums and, in general, it is an invaluable cultural heritage site that is in constant danger of being lost.
In addition, this equipment optimizes water use so that fires can be put out more effectively with less water and more quickly, benefiting the entire population.
To achieve this Global Grant, our Guatemala Chapter must contribute part of the money, and the District and friendly Clubs must also do so.