By Aaron Humes: The northern section of the village of Caye Caulker will soon have its own fire truck.
According to village chair Seleny Villanueva-Pott, “This Fire Truck was purchased by the last Caye Caulker Village Council under the guidance of the late Mr. James York. It will be worked on and once it’s ready it will be taken over to North Caye Caulker.”
Chairwoman Pott stated, “We are getting assistance through the Belize Fire Services as well, so we work with them too.”
The U.S. Military Liaison Office of the Embassy in Belmopan facilitated the arrival of the vehicle under the Denton Humanitarian Assistance Program, a multi-agency effort between the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Agency for International Development which affords U.S.-based non-governmental organizations cost-free transportation of humanitarian goods and cargo on U.S. military carriers to countries in need.
The donation of this firetruck was spearheaded by James E. York III and the Beechworld Christian Church from Columbus, Ohio. This is the first of two American military flights scheduled to transport emergency response vehicles to Belize this month.