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Tons of fire equipment donated through Africa Fire Mission
FLORENCE, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- The Africa Fire Mission, based in Cincinnati, loaded up a shipping container that will provide equipment for hundreds of firefighters half-a-world away Friday, July 25.
It was many of their days off, but the group of firefighters was hard at work for the Africa Fire Mission. For months, they collected used equipment, clothing and tools from fire departments all over the country. In a few months, the equipment will be in the hands of firefighters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Executive Director of the Africa Fire Mission, Dave Moore, said, "The city of Nairobi is approximately 5 million people. They have two fire engines, one ladder truck and about 150 firemen. The last time they hired firefighters was in 1987. Today we have about 400 sets of protective gear, bunker gear, helmets, boots, self-contained breathing apparatus."
All of the equipment was still working. Most of it was taken out of service because of its age. The trailers, trucks and stuff will head to Nairobi within the week. The shipment will get there in September and in October there will be boots on the ground.
Cincinnatians will help train firefighters overseas. The trip in October will not be their first. Volunteers were there late 2013. Six locals will be going back in the fall. Cincinnati captain Matt Flagler said the conditions were different, the equipment pretty much non-existent but the firefighters were just... firefighters.
"We traded stories and laughs and it was like any firehouse kitchen I've ever been in in the world. It was a great feeling," said Captain Flagler.
There are two ways to help the Africa Fire Mission. First, contact your local department to make sure they're aware of the project so they can donate old equipment. Second, they can always use cash donations to pay for the shipping and travel.
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