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    Cool In need of Manta, Ecuador info

    I just got offered the 1 FF/DO position that was open at Manta, Ecuador with the ITT contract. From what I hear from a guy currently there and the Fire Chief, who was my Training Chief in Honduras back in 2005, the contract/site will be closing within 9-12 months. For anyone who's wondering, all positions are filled at this time. I just got my foot in the door becuase of the people I knew.

    Anyways, the main purpose of this post is to see if anyone who has done this contract, or who is currently over there now, has any info on what to expect, i.e. things to bring, locals, things to do on 48hr off days, what to expect, size of the department, etc. I would appreciate all input. Thanks.


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    Lt. Thomas from Kwajalein will be working down there with you. He has 6 days here on Island until he transitions to Ecuador. He's a pleasure to work with. Just watch out for rediculous antics. He tried to grow a mustache, didnt work out so well. Looked like a dead catapillar.

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    Awesome. I'll be sure to watch out for any abnormal hair growth in that region. I just sent off my household goods today, and I fly out this Sunday. I'll see him there.

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    Hey, I worked in Manta from December '03 until October '04 and I live there as well.....Manta is like a retirement community with nothing much to do unless you are into casinos or enjoy water sports (fishing, water skiing, etc).

    The locals are very nice but watch out for the cabbies (they try to overcharge you). My wife's cousin is very reliable and he is a cab driver there but others will try to take advantage of you because you are an American and they assume that you do not know the going rates. The going rate for a cab to the furthest point in the city is no more than $2.50 and they use the US Dollar there. If you are going a couple of blocks, it is no more than $1 to $1.50.

    There is a woman there that they recommend to you to get a place to live with and she is a rip off artist. Once you get there, there is an American guy there named, Gonzalo Munoz (pronounced Muyoz) and he can introduce you to a woman named Carla that is a real estate agent and has good homes and apartments to rent for a very good price.

    As for the base, they will give you $1600 when you arrive there to find a place to stay. When I was working there, Dyncorp had the contract, so, I do not know what they are doing now but I would assume it is the same. They leave it up to you to find your own place to stay. ITT has the contract now, so, I think they may help a little with the transition.

    The base is very small and the F.A.E. (the Ecuadorian Air Force) personnel can be a little snooty with you but that is because of past experience with American *******s that comes there and assume that people are suppose to kiss their asses because they are Americans. All in all, most of the air force personnel for the Country of Ecuador is really nice people. As for the department, it is very small and getting smaller by the day. Chief Siddiq is a very capable fire officer, Asst. Chief Hanson is a pleasure to work for, and JJ Jimenez is the PM there.

    The people in the city will try to assist you all they can but one piece of advice, learn spanish or at least be conversational.

    If you have any other questions, you can contact me at ecuador_marc1966@yahoo.com, anytime. Be careful of a person there named Jose Ramon, he is a piece of ****.

    Stay Safe

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