Expert instructors in water rescue and hazardous waste disposal of the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) were sent to Yucatan to train 40 members of the Civil Protection Unit, Firemen and Ministry of Health to provide a more efficient assistance to the Yucatecan population in case of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and hazardous material spills.
USNORTHCOM conducts homeland defense tactics, civil support and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests.
USNORTHCOM’s AOR includes air, land and sea approaches and encompasses the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles.
It also includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida, portions of the Caribbean region to include The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commander of USNORTHCOM is responsible for theater security cooperation with Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas.
The collaboration of this US government homeland defense agency, represented by the consul in Mérida Sonia Tsyros and Major Paul G. McKean, was not limited to high-level training but they also donated rescue equipment worth $ 640,000 USD.
The director of Civil Protection in Yucatan Aaron Euan Palomo, Coordinator of this “pilot” project, said the week-long course will provide an authentic advantage to our local rescue personnel.
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