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ESP fire truck retired to Peru through Firefighters Without Borders Canada

Posted: June 15, 2020

ESP fire truck retired to Peru through
Firefighters Without Borders Canada

A fire truck that has served East St. Paul well is likely headed to Lima, Peru to continue its good work.
The East St. Paul Fire Department looked into donating the pumper (Engine 105) to Firefighters Without Borders Canada (FWBC) who then finds departments in developing countries who can make use of the equipment.

Fire Chief Ray Riddolls said he's glad the truck will find a new home and continue keeping the people of its new community safe.

"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 Captain Jamie Roberton said the truck will be a huge help in a part of the world that is extremely vulnerable.

"Disaster can strike at anytime and in any country; however, more than 90% of those affected by natural and human caused disasters, including earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, landslides and volcanoes live in developing countries," Roberton said.

"The poverty, high density populations, and environmental degradation affecting most of the people in these countries make them the most vulnerable to disaster and the least able to help themselves when it happens."

"Council was very proud to support the request of our Fire Department and donate this equipment to FWBC," Mayor Shelley Hart said.

"We appreciate the efforts our members went to to make this donation happen."

Bob Dubbert, president of FWBC, expressed gratitude to the RM for the donation.

"Firefighters Without Borders Canada would like to take this opportunity to extend its thanks and appreciation to the Rural Municipality of East St. Paul, the East St. Paul Fire Department, the citizens of East St. Paul and the RM management team for the generous donation of your 1989 Spartan Fort Garry fire engine to our organization," Dubbert said in a letter to the municipality.

"FWB Canada is a not-for-profit registered charitable organization based in Vancouver.  Our mission is to provide support to emergency service organizations in countries with a demonstrated need.  The operation of our programs is made possible through generous donations like yours."

Though the truck no longer meets Canada's stringent certification requirements, it is in good shape and will be able to serve in its new home for years to come.

Dubbert said FWBC has been delivering training and equipment to Peru for almost 10 years.  The organization is working with the United States Government Denton Program to have the truck transported to a U.S. Air Force Base in North Dakota and flown to Peru at no cost.

The Denton Program typically allows private U.S. citizens and organizations to use space available on U.S. military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods to countries in need.  According to Dubbert, FWBC is the first and only Canadian-based charity the program works with.

The truck is being stored at the Winnipeg Fire Department Training Academy until arrangements are finalized for its transportation.



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