So now what? How do we make the difference that we want to? Well just like any relationship, communication is the key. Thankfully technology makes this a smaller world. I am lucky to call Juan Carlos and Nestor friend and even more than that I call them family. We are able to talk almost daily. They keep our fingers on the pulse of the fire stations and keep us in tune with the needs of Villa Nueva, Zacapa, and all around Guatemala. My job here at home is to tell their story. Lucky for me, firefighters love to help. And many from around the country have been generous with donating gear and medical supplies and training curriculum and even a fire truck!
How We Do It
How do we know that we are making a difference? Relationships and communication. It is not our goal to reinvent the wheel or to dictate how the men and women of CVB perform their duties. It is only our goal to help them to better help their communities. We know that is being accomplished by their constant feedback and communication and by visiting the same stations on every trip so that we can spend time with them.
We work with the Bomberos on the ground to determine what are their immediate needs to save lives.
We collect resources from our donors: Gear, Training, and Monetary Contributions
We'll then develop training programs around what we've collected from our donors
Donations, Gear and Training are dispensed to the Bomberos. Lives are saved.
Fighting fires. Saving Lives.
We keep training records of all the courses that we have instructed so that the Bomberos receiving that instruction feel a sense of accomplishment and professional growth and not just have a few fun days with some crazy gringos! That enables us to see what skills are needed and improving as well as helping us to maintain these perishable skills.
12 Mission Trips
68 + Hours of Training
500 + Lbs. of Supplies
Meet Our Team
None of what we do would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our team members. Apart from being awesome, they are willing and dedicated to helping their firefighting family. Our team is made up of professional firefighters and paramedics with decades of experience and certifications to fill books and very supportive families.
Commonly Asked Questions
Improving emergency responses within the fire service (Fire,EMS,MVA,HAZMAT,Technical Rescue) by teaching sustainable skills with respect to local need and call volume and resource management.
Weekly communication with the firefighters in Guatemala. A team of Instructor Certified Firefighters and Paramedics developing curriculum. Two trips a year to bring fire gear, medical supplies, rescue equipment as well as teaching by classroom presentation and hands-on skill training and responding on emergency calls alongside the bomberos
A team of invested individuals. Past success.
Weekly communication with local firefighters. Training records kept. Future trips.
Raised enough money to ship all donated supplies to Guatemala
We are a 501c3 Tax-Exempt organization that believes in financial transparency. We are professional firefighters and paramedics, so this is just a passion. Nobody at Mutual Aid takes a salary (As a matter of fact, we are usually our biggest donors!), so every penny raised goes to airfare and uniforms and acquiring gear and storage and administrative costs. We have been blessed to have just enough money for each trip. But one of our immediate goals (aside from our Summer 2016 trip fundraising) is to raise enough money to ship a great amount of donated supplies in our storage unit to Guatemala via a shipping container.
Sponsors & Donors
We thank our donors and sponsors who give goods or services for their generous contributions to Mutual Aid International, which help keep our operations going and allow us to continue our mission of aiding the Bomberos of Guatemala.
Thanks for your interest in Mutual Aid International. Let us know what's on your mind and we'll be in touch soon.
P.O. Box 7853
Houston, TX., 77270