More than 400 Civil Defense volunteers respond to emergencies in Cesar

More than 400 Civil Defense volunteers respond to emergencies in Cesar
More than 400 Civil Defense volunteers respond to emergencies in Cesar

How is the Civil Defense addressing all the ravages of the La Niña phenomenon in Cesar?

At that time our base lies, first, in preparing the volunteers, it is a preparation that they have been doing since January by attending the Civil Defense training schools, where the volunteer will strengthen their knowledge in the basic courses of open rescue, vertical rescue, vehicular rescue, rescue in a collapsed structure and at this time due to the issue of rain and winter wave with issues of flooding, falling masses, all these activities are carried out by qualified and prepared personnel in each course, in this case specifically the BRA, which is the open rescue course, which covers all these emergencies.

We have capabilities throughout the department, an organization with its basic open rescue groups in the south and a Civil Defense organization with its basic rescue group here in the north, which covers north and center and center and south to respond in case of any emergency and have the capacity to respond to the action that we must take.

How many men and women are responding to emergencies?

Approximately 450 volunteers that we have throughout the department, each organization has an average of 25 active volunteers who are in favor of attending to the first response and the first response is immediate attention, in case of a situation that warrants greater conditions due to situations. strongest of the emergency then we already have to cover the basic rescue group which are, in this case, the bra, they are seven people who attend and go with different capacities to be able to attend to the emergency.

What are the places where emergencies due to rain are occurring the most?

In our most recurrent risk scenarios in the department of Cesar we have Bosconia, a municipality that has historically been subject to flooding, in 2022 we had a flood of more than 70% of the municipality, which we had there attending to that emergency with more than 80 volunteers from El Copey, Pueblo Bello, Valledupar…, I went there for eight days doing census work and delivering humanitarian aid.

Robin Mahecha Fajardo, director of the entity in Cesar. /PHOTO: EL PILÓN.

We also have the rural area of ​​Valledupar, the Los Venados sector, Guacoche, Guacochito, Aguas Blancas and the municipalities of Curumaní and El Copey.

We have not had so much impact on the Magdalena River, it has been rather controlled, within its levels, we have not had any reports from the riverside area in the south of the department, we are talking about Gamarra, Tamalameque and La Gloria.

Director, what can be done in Villa Germania, where several landslides have been reported that have affected the roads?

When there is a mass fall beforehand, there are some risk scenarios, that the terrain is in favor of falling, so we make the observation to the municipality, we present a document so that they can prepare, taking measures, actions, to mitigate that risk.

When the emergency occurs, we, the relief agency as such, go in case there is human loss or families are left in that place, otherwise, we do not intervene, the intervention is already the responsibility of the municipality with its yellow machinery, with its removal of mass and all that to begin to open the road again.

What difficulties have you had in carrying out all these prevention and rescue tasks when reaching emergency sites?

Within the limitations is, as always, the lack of equipment, material, tools that are required to be able to attend to this type of emergency, which are typical of using pikes, shovels, shovels, and all those types of tools that are required to strengthen the help, the arrival of the volunteer with his material to be able to take advantage of the space and the terrain.

By General Editorial.

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