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Ocala Fire Rescue donates firefighting apparatus to Bahamas volunteer fire department ravaged by Hurricane Dorian

Ocala Fire Rescue donated a piece of firefighting apparatus to a volunteer fire department in the Bahamas during a Thursday afternoon ceremony.

This 1992 Titan Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting truck, which was retired from Ocala Fire Rescue’s fleet in 2018, was donated Thursday to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department in the Bahamas.

Ocala Council President Jay Musleh, Ocala Assistant Fire Chief Clint Welborn and VetNet’s Chad Walker, following Thursday’s ceremony where a piece of firefighting apparatus was donated to Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department in the Bahamas.

After the destruction of most of their fire rescue equipment during Hurricane Dorian, the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (MHVFRD) in Central Abaco, Bahamas, was left with a dire need for everything from apparatus to bunker gear. Learning about their needs, Ocala Fire Rescue started an exhaustive search for potential equipment donations. That search led to a 1992 Titan Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting truck that had been retired from the agency’s fleet in 2018.

On Thursday, among a group of representatives from both fire departments and city officials, the keys and title to the apparatus were presented to MHVFRD. Equipped with separate tanks capable of holding copious amounts of water and extinguishing agent, the ARFF truck will allow MHVFRD to service areas including Marsh Harbour International Airport, Treasure Cay International Airport, the North Abaco Port and Port of Marsh Harbour. Additionally, the apparatus will aid with coverage of six area fire stations and the ability to fight fuel fires.

Ocala Council President Jay Musleh presents the keys and title to an Ocala Fire Rescue ARFF truck to VetNet’s Chad Walker. The apparatus is being donated to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department in the Bahamas to replace equipment destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.

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