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Friday, March 22 2019 @ 12:04 AM UTC

Volunteer Donate Fire Equipment to Veracruz

Groups & Organizations (Source) Two Fife firefighters participated in an aid mission to Panama. George Davies and Jim McDonald travelled to the Central American country to show volunteers how to operate two redundant engines donated by the International Fire And Rescue Association. The volunteers had previously been using a pick-up truck to respond to emergencies. The engines were handed over to the Panamanians in the small fishing village of Vera Cruz, east of the country's famous canal. And station officer Davies, who was thanked by the Panamanian president during the visit, said: "We formed an immediate bond with the local firefighters. "Their enthusiasm was amazing and they soaked up every bit of information we gave them." The project was assisted by the British ambassador, Jim Malcolm, who comes from Edinburgh. He said the visit and the donation had created "a huge amount of goodwill for Scotland." "I am very grateful to George and Jim for all their hard work in making the gift of the engines and the visit such a roaring success," he added. "They are both true ambassadors for Scotland. "The Panamanians and I hope they will return soon with more training and engines. "Their expertise and equipment is much-needed." George and Jim are seeking sponsorship for future visits. Anyone interested should contact association director, Davie Kay, by telephoning 07986 787192, or visit the website: www.ifra.co.uk
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