Fire engine for Assela, Ethiopia. with Tower Hamlets Rotary Club
We have been working with the Rotary club from Tower Hamlets since early 2012 to supply a Dennis Rapier Fire Engine to the town of Assela.
More details to follow soon.
In October a party from the Rotary club traveled to Assela to hand over the Fire Engine to the town.
A full report written by Helen Johnson, Mayoress of Redbridge is attached (report) well done to all involved.
The Dennis Rapier is now on its way.
Letters of approval from the countries administration regarding its importation have finally been received and the vehicle is booked on a boat mid August.
The Fire Engine has now been through the workshop to ensure that every thing works and it will behave as a front line Fire Appliance. It has been cleaned and will be packed with all the kit prior to its journey to the docks.
Discussions started on the supply of a used fire engine to Assela in Ethiopia funded by Tower Hamlets Rotary Club when one of their members heard that the school they attended had burn down, the reason was simple, the town had no fire engine. So many communities are destroyed by fire that could have been stopped. Something we take for granted. A visit to the town was organised to see how they could help.
On their return the hunt started. Discussions with crews from London FRS who are also Rotary club members resulting with a visit to Essex Fire Workshops. They then learnt that supplying a Fire Engine on its was not enough, the project needed a long term out look to keep the town alive. We decided that the Dennis Rapier would be the best option. We then looked at evaluating what to equip the vehicle with, where will it be located, what type of incidents would it be call upon to attend (not just fires).
Plenty of layflat and suction hoses was the first essential along with the fire tunics and leggings. As Essex FRS has just completed its change to Cosalt PPE some of the old Bristol kit was available to be donated. Helmets have also been supplied through CAFFRA along with the hydraulic cutting equipment that is required for the road accidents they will be attending. Through Richard Coates there has also been a small donation of medical First Aid equipment. Richard has also agreed to assist with the training once the vehicle arrives in the town.
The Fire Engine will then put through the workshop to ensure it was fully operational.