BENEFITING: Saving Second World Fire Departments Inc
ORGANIZER: Saving Second World Fire Departments Inc
Saving Second World Fire Departments Inc wrote -
In 2014, my son Stephen joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Albania. When a volunteer is assigned to a country, they spend the first two months living with a host family. Stephen’s family lives in a village called Librazhd. As it turns out the father of that host family is the local Fire Chief. I visited Stephen after he was assigned to his permanent site. As I had some experience working with first responder's after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, I asked to visit his host family in Librazhd. and asked Vladimir, his host father, if he would show me his fire station. I was shocked at what I saw. The infrastructure challenges in Albania include public safety. The fire station is an aging concrete block style building with significant mold infestation. There are two 1960s or 1970s-era fire trucks and they are deteriorating and in disrepair. The staff consists of nine people, including the Chief, and they are responsible for Librazhd and sixty surrounding towns and villages. I could not fathom how an operation so poorly equipped could meet the least of its responsibilities. It seemed to me that there must be some way to make this firefighting situation better. There are organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere that supply surplus fire trucks and equipment to needy fire departments. I found Operation Florian in Great Britain. Operation Florian has agreed to help the Librazhd Fire Department. They have offered to supply a truck and rescue equipment for Librazhd, as well as one month of training on the use of the donated equipment. I agreed to help fund the costs of delivering the equipment and training to Librazhd. These transportation costs include vehicle insurance, toll road fees, fuel, and ferry costs from Italy to Albania. Please help us improve public safety in Albania and save lives. Any donation will help from $5.00 to the total amount of $6200.00 for this first project. Your donation will be completely tax deductable. I have created a non-profit, tax exempt U.S. corporation titled Saving Second World Fire Departments, Inc. that is dedicated to improving conditions in fire departments in second-world countries.