USA/Nicaragua — The Bend Fire Department is getting ready to send a second fire truck to our sister city in Nicaragua. Thursday, volunteers packed 17 pallets of equipment totaling about 3.5 tons. Items include two new tires for the first truck sent down; 40 air bottles for self contained breathing apparatus; wildland fire fighting pants, shirts, helmets; structural fire fighting coats, pants and helmets; airport fire fighting coats, pants and helmets; emergency medical nonperishable items (e.g. nitrile gloves – a couple thousand); rope rescue equipment. The equipment came from as far away as Ohio.
The fire truck is a 1987 GMC 4×4 that will be used for wildland fires. The first truck, which was sent in April of 2008, is strictly for on the road use. The second truck and supplies should leave Bend on August 26th and is scheduled to fly out August 29th or 30th from McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma. Fire fighters from the Bend Fire Department are volunteering their vehicles and time to get the equipment up there. The equipment should arrive in Managua Sept 4th. After customs and other paperwork it’ll be in Condega a couple of weeks later.