PALESTINE – The Liberty Township Fire Department recently donated numerous items to the Africa Fire Mission which will be sent to the Nairobi Fire Service in Kenya to aid the locals that currently have very limited resources in fighting fires.
A member of the Africa Fire Mission organization, Scott Holland of the Sharonville Fire Department traveled north to Palestine May 25, with Brian Webb, Michael Carney and Paul Tabaja who are all cadets from the Great Oaks Fire Academy in Cincinnati, to pick up the donated equipment. Liberty Township Fire Department donated various items, including several air packs and bottles, turnout gear, helmets, hoses and ‘Rescue Annie’, a practice fire victim kit.
The Africa Fire Mission was established in early 2013 and is based out of the Cincinnati area. The mission has received donations for 50 fire and rescue departments across several states since its start in early 2013.
According to Liberty Township Chief Mark Loy, the department was able to donate all the equipment due to donated gear from neighboring departments and a grant for new turnout gear.
“The people in Africa have nothing and the stuff we send for them to use may be old to us, but is very important to them,” Chief Loy said. “We are just trying to pay it forward.”
A team of five individuals from the Africa Fire Mission will travel to Nairobi, Kenya in October after a 40 foot container of donated equipment is shipped. The team will spend 7-10 days training the Nairobi Fire Service on how to use and care for the new gear.
According to the Africa Fire Mission Executive Director Dave Moore Nairobi has approximately five million people with only 150 firefighters, “so any equipment is valuable to them so they can do their job when needed.”
The organization is currently accepting donations for the current and future trips. To learn more about the Africa Fire Mission and how you can help log on to africafiremission.org or make donations by searching for ‘Africa Fire Mission’ at indiegogo.com after June 2.
Pictured left to right: Brian Webb, Scott Holland and Michael Carney, mission team members; Chief Mark Loy of Liberty Twp. FD; Paul Tabaja, mission member; Dennis Zeller and Tim Reser of Liberty Twp. FD; and Christian Savage and Jim Rush of Liberty Twp. FD (not pictured). (Clinton Randall Photo)