Emergency Preparedness FAQ

       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

Volunteer Involvement

KPP Emergency Preparedness Committee needs more volunteers to develop

this project. Connections and expertise with emergency services are welcome!

Equipment Needs

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,
please download the two-page summary of specific volunteer and equipment needs:


Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet


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 slrichards@cox.net or 316-284-2042.




Students from Paraguay make Lawrence their (temporary) home

A group of students from Paraguay has spent the last three weeks taking in the sites, sounds and language of the United States.

This is the first time exchange students from the South American country have been to Free State High School and they like what they see.

“(Free State) is very different from ours, especially the classes,” said Nieves Brunet, 16. “We cannot choose our classes.”

Zunilda Walther teaches English at a language school in Encarnacion and traveled with her students. She has been to America before, but this was her first trip to Kansas.

“People are so nice, so warm,” she said.

The temperatures in Paraguay this time of year are usually in the 90s, so the Midwestern weather was a change.

“When I was coming here, I thought it was going to be all white because of snow,” said Fernando Komjati, 18. “When we arrived here, there was no snow, but really cold.”

The exchange students did note some big differences between the countries.

“People are not really nice in Paraguay when you don’t know them,” said Guido Marginez, 16. “Here, if you don’t know a person, he or she will be nice anyway.”

Brunet noted that a middle class exists in America, but not in her home country. “There are too many rich people and poor people,” she said.

Komjati thinks people in the United States take pride in their country. “The Paraguayans are not so proud of being Paraguayans,” he said. “That is one of the bigger things, but I am proud of being Paraguayan.”

The students will play host to 10 Free State High students later this year.

“We’ll try to do our best in order to return all the nice things we got over here,” said Walther.

This story incorrectly states that exchange students from Paraguay have never before come to Lawrence.

 Students from South America are in Lawrence to take in the sights, sounds–VIEW A VIDEO OF THE STUDENTS AND THEIR SPONSOR:
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