A Northumberland fire engine is to set out on a 6,000 mile journey to help make communities in Paraguay safer.
The fully equipped Volvo fire appliance has been donated by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service to International Fire and Rescue Association – a charity which arranges for the donation and delivery of firefighting equipment to countries around the world that have few resources to help protect their communities.
The fire engine had served the public of Northumberland for nearly 19 years, during which time it covered all areas of the county.
Charity director David Kay said: “Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, and the people of Northumberland should be very proud that this appliance will continue to serve and save lives in a country where the volunteers, although keen and enthusiastic, are limited by lack of equipment.
“This appliance will be a major boost to the safety of the public and the firefighters in Paraguay.”
Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support this charity, which does sterling work to help countries which are much less fortunate than ours.”
Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council said: “It’s great that when appliances and equipment reach the end of their use in the county they can still play a vital role in protecting people and property elsewhere. We wish this project every success.”
This is the sixth appliance to be donated to the International Fire and Rescue Association which has helped modernise fire and rescue services in Albania, Romania, Bosnia and Paraguay.
Pictured are IFRA members Lisa Wood and Dave Hume, chief fire officer Alex Bennett and station manager Stephen Kennedy.