Last updateFri, 05 Sep 2014 1pm

Cross-border cooperation promises relief for poorly equipped first responders

Canada’s Firemen Without Borders (FWB) is joining forces with a broad spectrum of lakeside service organizations for an ambitious initiative to supply the Chapala fire department and other Jalisco firefighters with desperately needed equipment and safety gear.

Spearheaded by Canadian fireman, FWB liaison and part-time lakeside resident Douglas Scrimgeour, local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, the American Legion, Rotary Club of Ajijic, and the Chapala Red Cross and individual supporters are getting involved in a long-term project to line up the donation and importation of all sorts of valuable materials that first response outfits in Canada and the United States discard due to obligatory expiration dates.  

Scrimgeour has already managed to procure enough gently used firefighting equipment to fill four 40-foot containers, ready for immediate shipment to Mexico. The inventory includes firefighter safety gear ranging from helmets, jackets, pants, and boots to breathing apparatus, and diverse work and rescue paraphernalia such as radios and pagers, water pumps, generators, light bars, hand tools, stretchers and backboards. Based on preliminary pricing figures, railway is being chalked up as the most probable mode of transport.

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