Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 14, 2012 15:42 ET

Canadian Forces Transport Fire Truck to the Dominican Republic

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, announced support for the town of Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic through the military transport of privately-donated fire-fighting equipment. Las Terrenas was badly damaged in a devastating fire last month and is in need of this equipment.

"Prior to this transport, the closest fire truck to Las Terrenas was an hour and a half away. I'm very pleased the Canadian Forces could transport a fire truck, fire protective gear and medical supplies to the residents of Las Terrenas," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "The transportation of this essential life-saving equipment to Las Terrenas is a demonstration of our government's commitment to strengthening emergency response capabilities of our allies, complementing Canada's Americas Strategy."

As the Royal Canadian Air Force had a previously-scheduled flight destined for the region, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada requested that the donated fire-fighting equipment be flown to the Dominican Republic on this flight.

"Our embassy continues to work with local officials to help increase the security in the Dominican Republic," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "This effort builds on the good partnership between our two countries. The Canadian embassy has also been involved with Canadian organizations to help provide training to lifeguards in the DR as part of a larger cooperation on safety and security."

The fire-fighting equipment, which has been collected and donated by the Trenton Rotary Club, the Oddfellows and Rebekah Lodge of Trenton, and Mr. Carl Eggiman of Belleville, Ont., was transported on a Canadian Forces CC-130J Hercules flight. The town of Las Terrenas will undoubtedly benefit from this donation.

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