Last updateFri, 20 Mar 2015 4pm

Motherload of firefighting gear arrives from Canada



The Lakeside Fire and Red Cross Assistance Group declared “Mission Accomplished” Sunday after a gigantic shipment of goods donated by Canada’s Firefighters Without Borders arrived in Chapala, marking the happy ending of a year-long cross-border effort. The second-hand firefighting and emergency medical service equipment, head-to-foot uniforms and protective gear, bedding and other new and used supplies, was collected from fire departments across Canada by Firefighters Without Borders. It was shipped out of Ontario by train on March 2 on a journey that involved container transfers through the United States, at the Robstown, Texas border crossing into Mexico and a stop for a customs check in San Luis Potosi. The final leg was made in a semi-cargo truck for temporary storage in a sorting and distribution facility set up at the Hotel Perico on the Libramiento.   The bounty of valuable materials is being spread out between municipal fire departments in Chapala, Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Poncitlan, Jocotepec, Tuxcueca, Tizapan, Manzanilla de la Paz and Amatitan and Cruz Roja Chapala.