The Reading-based Royal Berkshire Fire Authority has donated a vehicle and a range of firefighting equipment to a charity partnership that would send this equipment in Banjul to assist the Gambia Fire and Ambulance Service emergency response.
The vehicle donated is a Dennis Elite Water Carrier, a tanker that can be deployed when local water resources cannot meet the requirements of an incident.
It is designed to work with either one or two pumping appliances, and it is capable of carrying eight thousand liters of water or foam. In addition to the water carrier, other decommissioned, functional equipment has been donated, such as light portable pumps, positive pressure ventilation fans (PPVs), and other ancillary equipment items.
Councillor Colin Dudley, chairman of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, and Councillor Angus Ross, lead member for Strategic Assets, officially handed over the equipment. Avon Fire and Rescue Service will arrange for the equipment to be delivered to the Gambia.
Councillor Colin Dudley said: “We hope the donation of this equipment will be of direct benefit to emergency responders in the Gambia. By donating this equipment and extending its usable life, it not only helps other fire services, but it also minimizes the environmental impact and avoids costly recycling processes.”
Mick Crennell, chief fire officer of Avon Fire and Rescue Service and GAFSIP Trustee, said: “We are honored and privileged to be able to have this partnership with the Gambian Fire and Rescue Service. It is only with donations such as these that we can continue to make such a difference to communities in The Gambia.”
The Gambia and Avon Fire Services in Partnership (GAFSIP) is a charitable trust between Avon Fire and Rescue Service and The Gambia Fire and Ambulance Service, which has been in existence since 1991.
The Partnership aims to preserve and protect health in the Gambia by enabling lifesaving and humanitarian service to benefit communities.