ABOUT CATF

OUR MISSION

To operate a world-class training center led by global-innovators in the field of emergency prevention and response.

OUR VISION

An internationally respected, united, elite team of responders protecting their constituents and attracting the finest candidates to their mission and vision.

HOW DOES CATF HELP?

THE NEED

Helping The Community

The top three threats to the Central American Region are all environmental in origin. They are:

  1. Natural Disasters (i.e., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions).

  2. Coastal Erosion (often cause by the above)

  3. Uncontrolled Forest Fires

 

These threats respect no border, subscribe to no political agenda and follow no social ideology. And yet, combined they constitute the leading causes and consequences of systemic poverty, economic stagnation and disease throughout the region. *casact.org

In short, after any massive disasters, the region is crippled in its ability to recover and regain lost private sector ground.

 

Central America has lost 20% of its forest cover in last 20 years. And continues to lose forest cover  a rate of 1.26% per year.  This is not sustainable.

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OUR SOLUTION

Central American Training Center

The Central American Training Foundation (CATF) seeks to empower the people of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to better prepare their region for emergencies and natural disasters through the creation of the Central American Training Center (CATC).  The Central American Training Center will be a 49,000 square foot complex comprised of training rooms, a large auditorium, simulations rooms, classrooms and a state-of-the-art “Situation Room”.  The campus will include at least five acres of actual emergency simulation elements, and the property is 6 miles from the Palmerola International Airport in Comayagua. Palmerola Airport will act as the gateway hub for all of South and Central America. 

The CATC will provide the people of the three Northern Triangle countries with state-of-the-art equipment, methods and technology to mitigate destruction and devastation before it occurs and to effectively respond to crises, including global pandemics, as they happen. This alleviates the existing burden faced by foreign countries, namely the United States, to support the region when emergencies arise. 

Further, training and equipping the people of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to serve as first responders creates job opportunities, improves the economy and health of these countries and offers a solution to help curb migration out of the region into nearby nations, including the United States.    

Latin America is the second-most disaster-prone region in the world. From 2000 to 2019, 152 million people in Central America were affected by 1,205 disasters. In 2019 and 2020 alone, the United States spent a combined $39.4 million in response to emergencies in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, including fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanic events and hurricanes. U.S. foreign direct investment to these countries regularly totals over $5 billion per year.

Currently no centralized training facility exists nor there is a region-controlled facility which trains, equips and stands ready to respond to any crisis on its own. Central America is now overly-dependent on the resources of countries from outside the region. While international cooperation and assistance will always remain important, the current situation leaves the area too reliant upon the resources, budgets and goodwill of outside governments.*wsws.org

As the global economy staggers back from impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and more countries focus their efforts inward, Central America has never been more at risk. 

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Having served in Honduras for almost ten years through its sister organization, CATF is already operating an International Skills Training Center in La Paz. This training center has been run in partnership with municipality of La Paz, working with Mayor Anibal Flores. 
 
In addition CATF has been working at a national and local level with the Honduran Fire Department providing training from US Experts, building a conference training area in La Paz, and equipping local fire stations such as in Roatan and Copan.

Exterior View of CATF Training Center - Virtual Tour

Interior View of CATF Training Center - Virtual Tour

OUR PARTNERS

Gobierno de la Republica de Honduras

Bomberos Nacional de Honduras

US EMBASSY, Honduras

Joint Task Force Bravo, Soto Cano Airbase

US ARMED FORCES: Denton Program

US ARMED FORCES SouthComm

Computer Design & Integration, LLC 

Morelli Auto Group, LLC.

Chesapeake Rescue Equipment

DELL Computer, Inc.

Municipality of La Paz, Honduras

Pinturas Americanas of Honduras

Grupo Dewar, SA, Honduras

Honduras Compassion Partners, Inc.

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