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Rotary Donates Firefighting Gear to Mexico Firefighters

Eleven fire departments received donated gear and instruction on how to use it; the donations came from California and Canadian fire departments

By Angela Martin, Daily Republic

Mexicans living in Baja California now enjoy greater firefighting protection thanks to several Northern California Rotary Clubs.

Jay Huyssoon, a Rotarian and retired fire chief living in Rio Vista, delivered a fire truck and firefighting equipment last month to Mulegé, México. He stopped at 10 other fire stations along the way in Baja California to deliver donated firefighting equipment and instructed the fire
fighters in its use.

Huyssoon was accompanied by Katherine Vandiest, a prime mover of the project and currently a member of the Tahoe City Rotary Club, as well as Tom Engle, president of the Sacramento Centennial Rotary.

The estimated value of the donations was $335,000 for the truck and $476,000 for the equipment.

The trip lasted three weeks; the final week was spent in Mulegé, where the firefighters or “bomberos” who lived there cleaned and serviced the truck and held a community barbecue in
appreciation for their new equipment.

Read the full story here.

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