Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners shipped the first fire truck and 2 ambulances to Nicaragua in January 2000-a cold and blustery day at Volk Field in Wisconsin. Since that time, a total of 35 fire vehicles and 25 ambulances have been obtained for Nicaragua, most through purchase by individual donors.
Over 82 fire departments from Wisconsin and Minnesota have donated equipment and materials. These include: turnout coats and pants, boots, helmets, breathing apparatus, gloves, hoses, nozzles, emergency medical equipment and much more.
We rely on the Denton Program of the Humanitarian Assistance program of the U.S. State Department and facilitated by the Air National Guard to be able to ship the vehicles by air transport cargo planes. As many as 7 vehicles have been shipped on one C-5 aircraft.
There are three fire services in Nicaragua: the Direccion General De Bomberos(DGB), the Asociacion Civil Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios(ACCBVN), and the Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos. All three organizations are working more together to improve fire services in Nicaragua. The ACCBVN is the volunteer branch of the government fire service (DGB), and is responsible for the fire stations in the medium sized towns throughout Nicaragua and is lead by Comandante Jaime Delgado. Most of the vehicle we send go to these areas and often help to establish fire service in communities that have had nothing.
If you need more information, please contact Brad Martin at email: email@example.com or phone 715-538-2436 or cell 608-498-1071 or call the WNP office, 715-346-4702.
Firetrucks donated for Nicaragua
Ambassador Laura Dogu assists with delivery of Firetruck
Arrival of Seven Ambulances to Nicaragua via Air Force Plane
Superior Fire Department donates Fire Hose for Nicaragua