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Feb 12, 2019

U.S. Embassy Gifts Belize Coast Guard a New Ambulance

This morning in Belize City, an ambulance and medical equipment were donated to the Belize Coast Guard by the United States Embassy.  Charge d’ Affaires Keith Gilges handed over an ambulance, lifesaving medical equipment and a two-year supply of parts and servicing of equipment.  Valued at approximately one hundred and twenty-eight thousand Belize dollars, the donation was funded by the Department of State’s Foreign Military Financing program.  The purpose of the ambulance is to enhance the coast guard’s capacity to respond promptly to emergencies along the coast.

 

Elton Bennett

Captain Elton Bennett, Vice Commandant, Belize Coast Guard

“Today we received by donation an ambulance from the U.S State Department in Belize.  It was donated through the Foreign Military Fund where we get access to military equipment.  It’s more than just a vehicle for us, it’s that ambulance service that plays a very important part of our medical system.  We’re growing and developing our medical capabilities and we currently have a small medical team here at the coast guard headquarters but it’s also coast guard medics that are fulltime up in Price Barracks developing experience and learning to deal with those emergency medical situations.  In addition, we do have medics that are trained outside in the U.S. and in Mexico to help us to develop that second phase of responding to medical situations.  Quite often we would have casualties from search and rescue cases out at sea which we need to get into KHMH or into a medical facility on land and that transfer from time to time could be challenging.  With this ambulance now, we are now able to receive that patient from the vessel and continue to treat them.  As a matter of fact, an even higher level of treatment as the ambulance is equipped with trauma equipment so we can stabilize and transfer patients from vessel to the doors of the hospital.”


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