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Chilean Paramedics Train in Local Seattle-Tacoma Hospitals

Washington Partners Emmett Fiske, Paula Laschober and Jerry Thornton receive program development award for the Paramedic Emergency Rescue Training Project from Lacey Gude, Inter-American Board Chair.

For the second year in a row, the committee arranged a program of training for Chilean paramedics.

Eleven paramedics trained for the three-week Oct.-Nov. period at Medic One and various Seattle-Tacoma hospital emergency rooms, then ended their program with a course in pediatric advanced life support (PALS) at Children's Hospital in Seattle.

Partial funding for this project was received from Partners Emergency Preparedness grants in the amount of $3,800 and $374 (through USAID) which covered local transportation, PALS tuition and translation. Two Partners airfares were also contributed. Other donations were made by Children's Hospital and the Chilean Ministry of Health. The goal of this project is development of a country-wide trained emergency transportation system serving primarily poor trauma patients throughout Chile.

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