Leduc County donates pumper trucks to South America
Two pumper trucks to benefit fire stations in developing countries
Oct. 8, 2013 – Leduc County Fire Services handed over the keys for a pair of decommissioned fire trucks to Canadian Aid for Fire Services Abroad (CAFSA), an Alberta-based non-profit humanitarian aid foundation, during a ceremony this morning.
CAFSA collects used but still usable personal protective equipment and supplies from Canadian fire departments and redistributes that equipment to developing countries.
“The trucks have no value to local departments, but make a world of difference to fire departments in developing countries,” says Gerald Haakenson, fleet and equipment maintenance coordinator with Leduc County Fire Services. “They have nothing down there in a lot of these places, so they’re very grateful for our equipment.”
Leduc County Fire Services donated a 1983 GMC front-mounted pumper truck and a 1986 municipal pumper truck from the Nisku Fire Station.
Victor Fernandez, president and CEO of CAFSA, says the trucks are expected to arrive in Bolivia in the next six months.
“I am pleased to once again accept a donation from Leduc County Fire Services,” says Fernandez. “The generosity of departments across Canada enables Canadian Aid for Fire Services Abroad to help firefighters in less economical countries to protect infrastructure and lives in their communities.”
On April 29, 2011, Leduc County donated a decommissioned 1981 GMC C6500 fire pumper to the organization. It was delivered to Penco, Chile that fall.