(CMR) The Cayman Islands has donated five decommissioned fire trucks and equipment, that are no longer operational on the frontline, to fire service organizations in mainland Honduras and Roatan.
The government said donating the trucks is one way to be environmentally responsible and to strengthen regional partnerships.
“It is an occasion where as two nationals we can come together on the basis of enduring mutual respect in the best interest of public safety and resilience. It is an acknowledgement of our shared responsibility to protect our planet by reducing waste buildup here on our very own island and allowing for the reuse of our firetrucks abroad,” Minister of Home Affairs Sabrina Turner said.
Mayor of Santos Guardiola in Honduras Gilbert Green Dilbert said the donation was welcomed by the people of Honduras. Honduras has shared a relationship with the Cayman Islands, with Cayman making donations to the country.
Chief Officer of the Cayman Islands Fire Service Randy Rankin said the donation “is not just a gift of machinery, it is a gift of security, peace of mind and the knowledge that we are never alone.”
The vehicles are decommissioned based on Government policy for them to be taken out of service once they reach a certain age.