Ghana is situated on the southern coast of the West African bulge
and is bordered to the east by Togo, to the west by the Ivory Coast,
to the south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and northwest by Burkina Fasso.
Under the umbrella of Global Mission Readiness, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Firefighter Ed and Lieutenant Chris from Station 3 will be joining two Clackamas firefighters to travel to West Africa to provide emergency services education and resources to representatives in Ghana, Africa.
Left to Right - Firefighter Ed and Lieutenant Chris
Both Firefighter Ed, hired at PF&R in 1997, and Lieutenant Chris, hired in 2003, currently work at Station 3 on the Engine.
According to their website, Global Mission Readiness is a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2009 to provide emergency services education and resources to developing nations and to promote disaster prevention and self-reliance.
The firefighters will depart tentatively on May 20th and return on June 7th. While in Africa, firefighters will teach courses throughout the week in basic first response and disaster preparedness. The cost of the firefighter’s airfare will be paid for with donations, and lodging and meals will be provided free of charge to the firefighters while in Ghana.
To help raise donations for airfare costs, firefighters will be involved in fundraising events. On Saturday, March 5, 2011, a poker tournament will be held in Gresham and funds raised from entry costs and a silent auction will be used towards the firefighter’s travel to Ghana, Africa.
Stayed tuned to the Fire Blog for more details!
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February 14, 2011