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Italy Donates 10 Fire Apparatus, Equipment to Beirut

Lebanon is in a current heat wave with grass and brush fires breaking out, boosting demand for the new rigs and gear

By Souad Lazkani, Lebanon News

Ten fire trucks donated by the Municipality of Florence to Beirut’s Fire Department arrived on Monday on board the Italian ship the Capucine.

In addition to the fire trucks, the ship delivered equipment for 50 firefighters, as well as food products.

Related: World Sends Rescue Aid to Beirut, Firefighters Missing

Present at the handover were the Italian Ambassador, the governor of Beirut, the mayor of Beirut, and the head of Beirut’s Fire Department.

In immediate response to the explosion nearly a month ago, Italy dispatched firefighters to support and assist the citizens of Beirut.

Lebanon lost 10 firefighters on August 4th in the deadly explosion. They were first on the scene to put out a fire that was burning at the port before the blast.

Their fire trucks were also lost in the blast. According to the governor of Beirut, the remains of the fire trucks couldn’t even be found.

Read the full story here.

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