Overnight with Salud Baruta

Saturday, July 2, 2011

This morning we woke up in the barracks of Salud Baruta, the public ambulance service in the Baruta municipality of Caracas. After twenty-four hours in their rigs we’d seen a range of cases, but things were actually pretty quiet considering it was the friday night after national payday. As far as they’re concerned, we’re a lucky bunch.

Still in our uniforms, we drove across town to IESA to start the all-day session of the first responder course. By the time we got there, 54 students were already in their seats. A college professor would pay for students so eager to learn. The next eight hours were filled with practical sessions on vital signs, splinting, and CPR. By the time 4:30 rolled around, 54 students stood exhausted but smiling for a group picture (coming soon).