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Nicaraguan youth train for emergency response

Youth carry a mock victim to an ambulance during disaster response training exercise.

The drill is on in Managua. A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to practice emergency response and learn life-saving tactics during a January workshop, sponsored by World Vision and local and international agencies. Participants get to put skills — medical and spiritual care, GPS navigation, and security detail — to the test.

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to jump in and learn life-saving tactics.Participants stage various degrees of injury during a mock disaster scene. Since 2012, the program has trained more than 2,600 youth and community leaders in 11 Latin American countries. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to jump in and learn life-saving tactics. World Vision staff member Yamil Sanchez demonstrates how to use a GPS device during emergency response training. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to practice emergency response and learn life-saving tactics. A Nicaraguan youth checks waypoints on a GPS device. When participants return to their communities, they’re plugged into a national network of responders — equipped to help when disaster strikes. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to practice emergency response and learn life-saving tactics. Training heats up as a firefighter helps a student extinguish flames during an exercise. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to practice emergency response and learn life-saving tactics. A Red Cross worker shows students how to properly bandage an injury. The three-day workshop was a partnership among World Vision, the Red Cross, local governmental agencies, and civil service members. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to practice emergency response and learn life-saving tactics. Youth rehearse rescue techniques on a volunteer posing with injuries during a training scenario. Students put their new knowledge into practice during the final day of World Vision’s emergency responder training event. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to practice emergency response and learn life-saving tactics. A simulated crash victim lies helpless as emergency responder trainees assess the situation. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to practice emergency response and learn life-saving tactics. A woman takes in the staged chaotic scene after being treated in a triage tent. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across Nicaragua to practice emergency response and learn life-saving tactics. Gonzalo Mena of Granada, Nicaragua, leads activities in a simulated Child-Friendly Space. The exercise was part of the final session at World Vision’s emergency responder training. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

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