If, in North America, you find yourself in an emergency, you call “911”. Traveling in the UK? “999” is your friend. Many regions and countries have some type of emergency number or first responding service, but for a long time, Venezuela had no such number or system in place. That all changed with Ing. Carlos Arias Delgado, and when he decided to contribute to the community in the best way he could.
Delgado studied systems engineering in Caracas at IPUFAS (El Instituto Universitario Politécnico de las Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales) from 1994-2000. Afterwards he assumed duties of Director General of the emergency response team of the state of Bolivar. One of his first duties was to roll out a new emergency number for the denizens of Venezuela. Thanks to Carlos, they can now dial “171” when they find themselves in need, and be assured health is on the way. Further, he also automated the situation room’s immediate attention. He has also designed and implemented the system’s monitoring security camera.
Carlos has also contributed to the health and wellness of the community by teaching courses at Metro University. He has taught an advanced course on systems implementation and a course on first aid and immediate care.
One instance of critical responding came during the aftermath of an aircraft accident over the Venezuelan state of Bolivar. 51 people were on board, and Carlos was in charge of all responding and rescue operations.
Carlos has moved back home to his native Panama, where he continues his work as a systems engineer. He is helping his friend, Paul Miguel Ortega Gonzalez expand his company into South America and the Caribbean, and is also developing a mobile platform.
Delgado’s technical contributions to health and wellness goes hand in hand, or maybe even springs from, his love of the sciences. Cosmology has always been a favorite subject of his, because it seeks to understand where we come from and where we are headed.