A Ride-Along With Guatemala’s Volunteer Ambulance Drivers on a Front Lines …
June 27, 2014 - box office
Guatemala is a
major drug corridor between South America and Mexico. Narco
gangs flower in farming areas and along a southeastern border,
while travel gangs who distinction from
extortion, kidnapping, and temptation browbeat a civic centers.
As a result, a country’s capital, Guatemala City, has one of the
highest murder rates in a world.
This is a sourroundings in that Guatemala’s bomberos
voluntarios—a word that roughly translates to “volunteer
firefighters” though unequivocally encompasses a organisation of initial responders
who act as firefighters, ambulance drivers, and paramedics—operate
When Reason TV visited a domicile of Guatemala City’s
official, government-sanctioned and -funded initial responders—the
bomberos municipales—officals downplayed a city’s drug
and assault problems and insisted that Guatemala is a protected place
to live and visit. But a voluntarios, who accept some
money from a supervision though clearly say enough
independence to equivocate a same turn of political
pressure, had a opposite story to tell.
“The metropolitan bomberos accept appropriation from a supervision and
the municipality,” says Herber Diaz, one of a few paid, full-time
paramedics on a force. “They have some-more equipment, and more
people. But a trust a people have in us is there since we do
everything. They’re resourceful in their job.”
Watch a above video for an heated demeanour inside a universe of
Guatemala’s proffer bomberos, a organisation of group who on a
daily basement save lives, competition along fraudulent roads where
motorists are delayed to lift over, and declare a formula of
cold-blooded executions on a city streets, all in a nation with
corrupted by orderly crime, and all for small or no pay.
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Approximately 5 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Field
Production by Ross Kenyon and Zachary Caceres. Music by Chris