Engines for El Salvador

<p>Vancouver yesterday gave El Salvador the gift of water in the form of three decommissioned fire engines donated to the Central American country’s national fire service.</p>

 



 

 

Kristen Thompson/metro vancouver

 

Members of Vancouver’s Fire and Rescue Services outside city hall stand in front of one of three decommissioned fire trucks being donated to El Salvador yesterday.



Vancouver yesterday gave El Salvador the gift of water in the form of three decommissioned fire engines donated to the Central American country’s national fire service.



Several Vancouver firefighters will use their vacation this spring to help ship the trucks and teach the firefighters in El Salvador how to use the equipment. It will take about a week for the trucks to travel to El Salvador.



Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services has been donating trucks for the Engine For El Salvador project for 12 years.



Rosa Elena Moreno, Consul General for El Salvador, said the annual gift helps equip the country’s emergency response services with the means to better combat crises.



"The people of Canada and Vancouver have always opened their arms toward the people of El Salvador especially during the worst and difficult periods of our civil conflict," she said.



















the specs




  • Each engine weighs more than 16,800 kilograms and will travel more than 5,000 kilometres from North Vancouver to San Salvador.

  • El Salvador, a country of 6.5 million people, has around 375 firefighters and paramedics, and 16 firehalls.

  • About 70 per cent of El Salvador’s firefighting equipment has come from Vancouver.


 
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