For immediate release - Dec. 1, 2004
TAVARES — Residents of the Bahama Palm Shores and Casuarina Point communities in Abaco, Bahamas, are more protected from brush fires after a generous donation from the Lake County Fire Rescue Division.
This past summer Lake County fulfilled a request from the Caribbean locals by offering the Abaco communities a 1987 Ford Diesel tanker truck. The need for the second fire apparatus to the volunteer fire service was recognized this past spring when extensive brush fires broke out in Abaco.
“Years ago that was how the Lake County Fire Department got started,” said April Hoover, Lake County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief, about the tanker donation. “We try to do that for fire departments that are in need.”
Hoover said she heard about the Abaco request for a tanker truck during a fire-fighting conference this past year. Abaco locals arranged for the shipping and overhaul of the vehicle.
“They were in dire need and it went to a good location,” Hoover said. “There is a lot of struggling volunteer fire departments that are in need of equipment.”
According to Lake County fire officials, it is common practice to donate fire equipment to fledging programs. Last week, three woods trucks were donated to Sumter County and one brush truck was handed over to Sumter a year ago. However, the 2,600-gallon tanker that found a home in the Bahamas was the farthest a donated piece of Lake County fire equipment had traveled.
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