Three firemen from Louth and Monaghan have returned from a successful roadtrip across Africa where they drove two fully equipped fire engines and an emergency road traffic accident vehicle
The three vehicles were shipped in June 2012 from Cork to Cotonou in Benin and then driven over 1,000km to Niger.
Firefighters Brendan McCoy and Michael Dawe from Dundalk Fire and Rescue Service along with firefighter Darren Geary from Monaghan Fire Service travelled to Cotonou in Benin on July 24th.
Once there, the firefighters set up a training camp teaching local firefighters how to use the equipment and manage the spare parts donated by Irish local authorities. They also set up another fire station in Zinder. Brendan McCoy from the Dundalk Fire and Rescue Service told the Democrat
“We met many officials over there who were anxious to meet us and show their appreciation. We met the Vice President of Zinder, the Chief of Fire Service, the Mayor and Principal of Gaya and other members of the military and officials who wanted to take part in the training.”
“They want to put together a delegation to come over to Ireland and meet the Irish Government as they said we are the first country that has never let them down.”
Brendan’s plans for the future are to return in January 2013 and this time he wants to take an ambulance and a qualified First Aid Medic to give training in First Aid. The training takes ten days and the trip will last two weeks. Brendan has started fundraising already and all donations are welcome.