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.




Summary of Brazilian Firefighters Fellowship to Kansas

Two Brazilian firefighters from the state of Pernambuco, Brazil spent 8 weeks in Kansas from April 15- June 15, 2008. Anderson Barros from Recife, Brazil and Moacir Porfiro from Petrolina, Brazil are both captains in the Pernambuco Fire Brigade. They were on a fellowship program from Partners of the Americas. Kansas Paraguay Partners was asked by the Partners of the Americas to host because their Georgia partners were unable to host because they don’t have any type of bomberos/firefighters program. Lorraine and Steve Richards volunteered to coordinate their visit to Kansas.

They spent 4 weeks in the Newton area and 4 weeks in the Topeka-Lawrence area. They were able to observe how various sized departments are organized, how training is done, and how the various organizations cooperate to provide emergency services. Time was spent at the Hutchinson Community College Fire Science Department, Kansas Fire Marshall’s, Kansas Fire and Rescue Institute, Emergency Management departments, and various fire departments in those areas of Kansas.

There were 756 hours of volunteer time dedicated to the project. The hours were divided between 14 people. Both firefighters also met with Governor Sebelius and were given recognition by the mayor of Wichita, Kansas.

The cooperation of the various departments and organizations was wonderful. The fellows were impressed with the willingness of the organizations and departments to allow them to observe and participate in activities. They felt they learned many new ideas that would be good to take back to Brazil. They were also able to make many contacts through out the state and teach us about the fire departments and emergency services in their country.

This was a very successful exchange and fellowship. We were also able to get the fellows connected with their Georgia partners and have identified continuing support for them from the Georgia partners. Lorraine Richards will be going to Recife, Brazil in November to make a presentation to the Georgia-Pernambuco Partners about the 2008 bomberos exchange.

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