The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo donated on October 27 four command tents equipped with at least 135 mobile stretchers, blankets, and sheets to the Dominican Republic Emergency Operations Center (COE).
The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Patricia Aguilera characterized the donations as a clear example of the deep ties of friendship and cooperation that unite the United States and the Dominican Republic. She also expressed that “the U.S. government has contributed more than $17 million in the last 20 years with the donation of five mobile field hospitals, four Mobile Emergency Coordination Centers, defibrillators for cardiac arrest, and this latest donation of four emergency response and coordination tents, among other equipment.”
For his part, COE Director Juan Manuel Méndez García, received the donation valued at some $35,000 and gave thanks for the donation on behalf of the Dominican government, highlighting how this equipment will strengthen emergency response.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chargé d’Affaires along with other U.S. Embassy officials learned about the structure and operation of the COE, toured its emergency response facilities, and received a medal for outstanding visitors.