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Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Photographer: Jeremiah Robinson, New England School of Photography

Photo Title: Bombaros Voluntarious – Guatemala City

Caption: Bombaros Voluntarious from the 10th Company wait at their station for calls in Zone 11 of Guatemala City, Guatemala. The Bombaros Voluntarious is a volunteer based fire/ems service used throughout the country of Guatemala.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: Victor, a Bombaros Voluntarious from the 10th Company, is a dispatcher at his station in Zone 11 of Guatemala City. In Guatemala City all emergency calls are sent to the Central Station in Zone 1, who then will call the stations closest to the emergency to respond.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: A late night call sends the Bombaros Voluntarious from the 10th Company to a home in Zone 13 of Guatemala City to assist an intoxicated man who fell and suffered a head laceration.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: A Bombaros Voluntarious tends to intoxicated man who fell in his home and suffered a head laceration in Zone 13 of Guatemala City. Guatemala City has so much violence the hospitals are often overwhelmed, forcing emergency responders to perform many procedures on the spot.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: A member of the Bombaros Voluntarious 10th Company accompanies an intoxicated man, who while attempting to climb a fence broke his arm, to the hospital in Guatemala City.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: While not responding to calls the Bombaros Voluntarious take great pride in keeping their vehicles and station clean. Each vehicle is washed daily time permitting as well as throughly cleaned at the end of every shift.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: A Bombaros Voluntarios from the 10th Company attempts to assist an intoxicated man early sunday morning in Guatemala City. Alcohol abuse is a huge problem in Guatemala and the cause of the majority of motor vehicle accidents and other calls the Bombaros respond too.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: A seriously ill hotel worker is taken to one of Guatemala City’s Private Hospital’s by the Bombaros Voluntarious. Their is no charge from the services of the Bombaros, which makes them accessible to any one in need, not only those with money.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: A man who was trapped in an overturned vehicle is rescued by the Bombaros Voluntarious in Zone 11 of Guatemala City, Guatemala.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: Bombaros Voluntarios enjoy some downtime between calls at their station Zone 11 of Guatemala City.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: A Bombaros Voluntarious uses a garden house to try and subdue a fire in a tractor trailer in Zone 7 while waiting for the fire truck to respond. Many of Zones in Guatemala City are so dangerous the police and military refuse to enter, leaving the Bombaros to deal with situations completely on their own.

 

Bombaros Voluntarious - Guatemala City

Caption: Bombaros from the 10th Company respond to a male who was attacked by his boy friend after getting into a dispute with him. Often the areas in Guatemala City the Bombaros are called to are so dangerous they are forced to immediately put the injured party into the ambulance before performing any First aid.