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Two Firetrucks for the Peninsula

The US Embassy facilitated the delivery of two fire trucks from South Carolina, USA to Belize through collaboration with the U.S. Southern Command and the Denton Program.

The US Embassy facilitated the delivery of two fire trucks from South Carolina, USA to Belize through collaboration with the U.S. Southern Command and the Denton Program. The U.S. Government delivered the fire truck through the Denton Humanitarian Aid program, a jointly administered program of USAID, the Department of State and the Department of Defense. The need for the fire trucks were expressed by David Kafka, Placencia resident and former Mount Pleasant firefighter who became a member of the Placencia fireboard and volunteer firefighter after moving to Belize. Kafka quickly noticed the need to reduce response time and increase firefighting capabilities in the community, and took to social media asking for assistance. His post led to the donation from Joanna Volunteer Fire Department and Cross Hill Fire Department. The South Carolina fire departments worked with the Placencia Volunteer Fire Department, Rotary Club of Placencia and Rotary Sunrise along with the Placencia Village Council to outfit the fire trucks and make repairs as needed. One of the two fire trucks will be used to reduce response times for the 24-mile-long Placencia Road, while the other will be used as a tender to increase water supply. The trucks come with equipment, foam, and bunker gear to increase their capacity to respond and fight fires.