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Successful Training Program on Search and Rescue Techniques Ends 23 Officials from Beta and Civil Protection Groups Graduate

Ambassador Garza: “Saving human lives is a duty that has no borders and requires the efforts of both our nations

Mexico City, Mexico, December 16, 2005 -- “Saving human lives is a duty that has no borders and requires the efforts of both our nations. This training program by the Border Patrol's BORSTAR team is another example of how, working together, we can contribute to greater security, protection and dignified treatment of migrants, no matter what their nationality or condition," said U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza.

Twenty-three officers from Mexico’s Beta Group and Civil Protection force from the states of Veracruz, Tabasco, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Chiapas, graduated today from a training program on search and rescue techniques. Agents from the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) conducted the program.

The two-week training course was carried out in the outskirts of Comitan, Chiapas in southeast Mexico. Similar courses have been previously held in the United States; however, this is the first time such a program takes place in Mexico. At the graduation ceremony, the Border Patrol granted the participants a certificate, as well as rescue equipment with an approximate value of $35,000.

The training program included land and water physical conditioning, rappel, rescuing techniques in rapids, first aid techniques, as well as teamwork and leadership strategies in emergency situations. The overall purpose of the program is for the trained Mexican officers to share the acquired techniques and experience with the members of their local teams.

CBP-Border Patrol Officials said, “The results of these two weeks of training have been extremely successful. We are certain that this is just the beginning of an enhanced cooperation with Mexican agencies interested in the protection and safety of immigrants.”

The program was the result of the collaboration among the Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM), the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection Agency and the State Department, through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

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