Introduction by Doug Copp:This is the beautiful and touching story of a little boy, having a dream; to become a rescuer, saving lives and helping people and then ‘growing up’ to make his dream come true. He is now a member of ARTI and SOS Rescue Team. He is writing this article under the Good People Doing Good Things. Open Linkedin Group. He is writing about his team and their need, for equipment, to save lives. I completely recommend him, to anyone. He is a good person doing good things.
It is a wonderful thing that the ‘triangle of life’ taught to him, as a little boy, in our classes, saved his life; during, the 2003 earthquake, in Southern Peru. Jesus is promoting the ‘triangle of life’, in South America.
Ilo is a company town, in Southern Peru. The area is barren of vegetation, in a vast, dry desert. Copper mining is the major employer. The company, Southern Peru owned the town. Luis Monserrate arranged for Doug Copp, me, to come to town and train the town Organizations (Fire Dept, Police Dept, Military, Hospital, Red Cross, Miners, and Company Personnel) to rescue and survive the many serious threats, facing the people. I trained them to do mine rescue, building collapse, landslides, rock slides, train derailment, vehicular extrication, tsunami, explosions and toxic cloud possibilities.).
I trained all the Official Groups and then we created a rescue team, for Ilo.
The classes lasted for 8 hours, per day, for 2 weeks.
The people of Ilo were kind, generous, happy, decent and good. Luis Monserrate who arranged everything is a wonderful man. He was a former USA Air Force Pilot, an FBI Agent, Safety Officer and a Minister to Prisoners. He is now semi-retired and drives a school bus. The world has been a better place because he was in it.
I can’t say enough about how wonderful the people of Ilo are and I am so proud of Jesus Peralta, for making his dream come true…to save lives and help people.
Here is his story (in English and Spanish):
My name is Jesus Peralta Navarro, I am Peruvian, born in the city of Ilo, in the Moquegua province, in the South of Peru. At the young age of 6 years old, when people asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I would respond, “I want to be a firefighter and help others”.
In 1998, my father Francisco Peralta Meza had the opportunity of participating in a rescue course, a workshop given by an expert in the field, Doug Copp. I also had the opportunity to participate in the workshop and learned about the topic and how to help our fellow man in an emergency, and learned about the ‘Triangle of Life’, knowledge that I was able to apply at the 2003 earthquake in the south of Peru and saved my life.
Doug Copp formed a great team of rescuers in the city of Ilo. For different reasons, some of them do not live in Ilo anymore, but they keep in touch and I know that in case of an emergency, they are always ready to help our fellow man. Since then, I have learned more and more about search and rescue.
I moved to the United States and continued to learn about the rescue field and helped in many disasters such as, hurricanes in South Dakota, and other disasters that marked me for the rest of my life, like Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes in Peru, and many other different disasters.
When I returned to my country, I was able to start an NGO that deals with humanitarian assistance and, search and rescue, similar to the NGO “SOS EMERGENCIAS PERU”. My organization is slowly growing, but as all of you may know, it is not an easy task to grow as an NGO; since we do not have the support to have additional training, and implement it, but the desire to help is greater, which is the force that makes us go forward and help people in disasters.
Well, my team is dedicated to work with the most vulnerable areas, by providing training in first aid, search and rescue, among others. This allows them to have a little knowledge about prevention.
“SOS EMERGENCIAS PERU” is trying to improve prevention and gather logistic materials, so that they can help more people, in disasters.
**note from Doug Copp: If you are a firefighter, rescuer or medical practitioner with ‘worn out’ gear and/or supplies, of any kind, Please let us know and we will get it to Peru, somehow. Doug Copp firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-902-567-1227 (home)
Al volver a mi pais me pude incorporar a una ONG que se dedica al tema de ayuda humanitaria y busqueda y salvamento como es la ONG SOS EMERGENCIAS PERU, la cual poco a poco esta creciendo pero como cada uno de ustedes sabe no es facil salir adelante con una ONG, ya que hasta el momento no contamos con apoyo para poder seguir mas capacitaciones y la implementacion de la misma, pero el deseo de ayudar es mas grande y eso es el motor que nos impulsa a seguir adelante a cada uno de los miembros y ayudar a las personas en un desastre , bueno mi institucion se dedica a trabajar con las poblaciones mas vulnerables, capacitandoles en temas como primeros auxilios , busqueda y salvamento entre otros cursos que les permite tener un poco mas el tema de la prevencion.
SOS EMERGENCIAS PERU esta tratando de realizar un mejoramiento en el tema de prevencio y la implementacion de materiales logisticos , para asi poder ayudar a mas personas en un desastre.