In February 2011, the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) engaged ICMA to help improve rescue and fire response in Paraguay. The focus of the project was to strengthen the capabilities and coordination of the decentralized volunteer fire departments, the Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios del Paraguay, known as "Amarillos," or "Yellows."
An expert ICMA consultant assessed the incident command structure at the local level, using site visits, a questionnaire, and interviews. He assessed the personal protection equipment and communication equipment currently in use. And he also met with national command staff to review their command structure, command and control systems, response plans, and firefighter training curriculum and training documentation.
Based on the assessments, ICMA made recommendations for improvements and provided a four-day training course that culminated in a full firefighting exercise.
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