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Charity Delivers Fire Engines to Moldova

Monday September 5

Scottish Christian charity Blythswood Care has sent six fire engines to Moldova in the latest phase of its 999 Project.

Crossing from Newcastle to Ijmuiden in the Netherlands last Thursday (September 1), the six vehicles are accompanied by a team of 18 volunteers – firefighters, driving instructors, mechanics and trauma specialists – to train local fire crews in the use of their new equipment.

Now in its tenth year, the 999 Project has already delivered 33 fire engines and 10 ambulances to Romania, Serbia and Moldova. Two of the new engines will replace ones delivered eight years ago, which are now worn out with constant use; and four will go to new locations.

Head of projects Finlay Mackenzie said: “One fire engine which we previously delivered to the town of Nisporeni has been serving a community of 70,000 people scattered over a rural area with challenging road conditions. It has done an extreme amount of work."

Several of the volunteers, including team leader Gary Bennett, have accompanied every vehicle delivery over the past nine years. Mr Mackenzie added: “These guys show terrific dedication, giving up their holidays to share their skills with others.”

The equipment has been donated by the fire and rescue services in Scotland, Buckinghamshire and South Wales.


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