OUR PROJECT TEAM:
Gary Foo, Jhaimir Cuellar, Julie Grainger, David Ivanko, Virginia Foo, Sonja Weigl, Josh Foo and Damian Cameron
We will have a lot of updates and resources here so please come back and check in and support!
Natural Hazard Risk
"Bolivia is highly vulnerable to a number of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanoes. Droughts and floods present particular challenges and are exacerbated by deforestation and land degradation. Heavy rains caused floods and landslides that impacted hundreds of thousands. The economic impact was estimated over $400 million after El Nino. Heavy seasonal rains in 2013 and 2014 caused severe flooding and landslides, affecting 44,000 households in 113 municipalities—five times more than the previous rainy season—with total losses of about $450 million."  Bolivia is one of South America's poorest countries. 
ERT SAR (The Emergency Response Team Search and Rescue) is an experienced Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response organisation with a history of deploying to major emergencies and disasters for many years. ERT SAR is coordinated by the United Nations and conversant in many standards including the UN OCHA INSARAG, US FEMA / NFPA and UK DEFRA etc. for Search and Rescue. This includes structural collapse, flood response and water rescue. (Also, as a team of Medical Professionals, ERTSAR is also in the process of pursuing WHO / PAHO EMT status)
ERTSAR was invited by the Bolivian Government to provide a capacity building project.
Looking at the hazard profile and doing a needs assessment the decision was made to focus on the following four areas and disciplines:
ERTSAR were also honored to be a part and participate in a visionary inaugural event! This was the International Forum on Risks and Emergencies concludes successfully It was focused on more than 10 international experts who came from different countries, who presented their experiences and committed to provide training to teams of first responders.
ERTSAR Members attended and talk was written and presented by Gary Foo and Jhaimir Cuellar.
ERTSAR also has professional instructors and academic researchers and the selected team dedicated two weeks to this deployment. Materials and presentations were created in English and Spanish and more are expected. We, ERTSAR, expect this to be the "first" deployment with others to come and we have made many contacts and more importantly friends, as a result. And most importantly, we have been able to support and assist many people "That Others May Live."
There were so many pictures of training, visits and meetings. we will post some here.
Flood Rescue Incident
Our Member Jhaimir Cuellar is interviewed by local news channel (One minute in)
Thank you Acknowledgements
We feel it is especially important to thank certain organisations and people for their unconditional support and assistance in this project.
Additional Funding, Donations, Transportation & Logistics project support
We would also like to make mention and thank you to these two rescue training agencies for their support and assistance in this project: Outreach Rescue (Wales / UK) & Access Rescue (Canada)
Capacity Building Factsheets
As part of the project we have created bilingual Spanish and English Factsheets for many of the hazards and disasters that frequently affect the lives of the people of Bolivia.
ERTSAR are providing ongoing development and support especially in the sustainable Disaster Risk Reduction and Capacity Building space. ERT SAR Specialists Rescue and Medical trainers will also be working with the Government of Bolivia and provide training in rescue as well as disaster and emergency medicine. We are also developing bilingual materials for the community. More
We will be updating more in the coming days! Thank you for all your support!
Please Donate Kit & Money
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
To support us and our many Humanitarian Projects please get in touch. If you have equipment and gear to donate - just email us at HQ@ert-sar.com and if you can donate please do so on our DONATE page on this website. If you wish it to go to a specific project (such as this Bolivian project) or a local Community you live in where we are based, please let us know! :-)