Long time Kansas Paraguay member Nan Porter hosted a dinner for Dr. Feltes (left in photo) and several KPP members. Dr. Feltes is the most recent Paraguayan doctor visiting through the University of Kansas School of Medicine @ Wichita Family Practice exchange with support of Partners of the Americas and KPP. Boots and Merrill Raber are in the center of the photo. Merrill is the chair of the Health Committee and the KPP champion of the medical exchange.
Nearly all fire protection and emergency services in Paraguay are organized
through volunteer organizations. Local volunteer fire companies are linked by
the National Corps of Voluteer Firefighters of Paraguay (CBVP).
CBVP coordinates communication, training and resources. About 150 volunteer
companies scattered over an area the size of Kansas and Nebraska serve a
population of 6.5 million. These volunteers are extraordinarily dedicated and
effective in spite of resources that are extremely sparse by USA standards.
Paraguayan firefighters have observed and consulted with counterparts in
Kansas communities. Plans are pending for Kansas firefighters to travel to
Paraguay. Topics have been identified for research in Paraguay that may yield
significant benefit to Kansas counterparts.
Some resources have been shipped to Paraguay. Plans are pending to collect
and ship significant quantities of surplus equipment. The Paraguayan National
Corps of Volunteer Firefighters will arrange for shipment of filled containers of
Significant needs for the next stage of the project include:
Assistance to cultivate and solicit donations of equipment.
Technical assistance for proper cleaning, packing and perhaps limited repair
of donated equipment.
Identification and support of appropriate Kansas firefighters to travel to
Paraguay for short and intermediate term cultural exchange.
Ways to Become Involved
KPP Emergency Preparedness Project Needs
KPP Emergency Preparedness Committee needs more volunteers to develop
this project. Connections and expertise with emergency services are welcome!
There is an acute need for “almost any type” of usable equipment and supplies.
In addition to firefighting and personal protective gear, there is a wish list for EMS
related items. Ultimately, vehicles in serviceable condition are also sought.
KPP seeks donations through appropriate surplus channels and priorities that will
be usable in the Paraguay context. Simple, low-tech, and sustainable solutions
are highly desirable.
To see the complete FAQ document for this Emergency Preparedness project,
Kansas Paraguay Partners welcomes opportunities to develop appropriate
collaboration with Kansas fire, EMS and emergency response agencies.
To offer donations or inquire about involvement or details,
please contact Steve or Lorraine Richards
at email@example.com or 316-284-2042.