The Castlegar Fire Department (CFD) said goodbye to Engine No. 3 Monday. The truck was picked up by Firefighters Without Borders Canada (FWBC).
FWBC volunteers Derek Docherty and Brett Romanow will be driving the truck to its new home in San Pedro Pochutla, a community in southern Mexico. The drivers plan to complete the over-5,000-km journey by Sunday, Nov. 5.
Engine No. 3 was recently retired due to Canadian regulations. The 1987 Ford/Anderson served the department well for 30 years.
“I know it is going to a part of Mexico that is going to take full advantage of something like this,” said CFD fire chief Sam Lattanzio. “From what I am told, from what it is replacing, it is a huge step forward for them. It is an awesome feeling to know that it is going to go and serve in an area for another 30 years.”
CFD and Zellstoff Celgar also donated retired equipment including turnout gear, boots, hoses, helmets and a ladder.
“Thank you for doing this, it is going to a community … that there really isn’t a lot there,” said Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff to the FWBC drivers. “Without you guys and your organization, I don’t think this would happen. So on behalf of the city, I would just like to say thank you and good luck on your journey.”