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A former East St. Paul fire truck is being rewarded for a fine career with retirement to South America.
The pumper truck is headed to Lima, Peru via Firefighters Without Borders Canada (FWBC), an organization that has been helping firefighters in developing countries since 2002. They work to train local recipient crews and have completed more than 25 projects in 20 countries.
The idea for the donation came from within the department, East St. Paul fire chief Ray Riddolls said in a release.
"Donating equipment to departments in other parts of the world to improve their safety is important to members of the East St. Paul Fire Department and I’m proud of our team for reaching out to Firefighters Without Borders Canada and making this happen," Riddolls said.
"Our guys are dedicated to keeping East St. Paul safe, and when there is an opportunity to help out in other parts of the world, they put in the effort there too."
East St. Paul’s mayor echoed Riddolls’ sentiments.
"Council was very proud to support the request of our fire separtment and donate this equipment to FWBC," Mayor Shelley Hart said.
"We appreciate the efforts our members went to make this donation happen."
The 1989 Spartan Fort Garry engine can no longer be certified to Canadian standards but is in good shape and should be able to remain in service for years, East St. Paul believes.
The pumper is in storage until it can be transported to an American air force base in North Dakota, from where it will be shipped to Peru at no charge through the Denton Program, which lets private American citizens and organizations ship humanitarian goods around the world on military cargo planes when space is available.
Firefighters Without Borders Canada is the only non-American charity that particpates in the Denton Program.
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