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Updates via Facebook: Firefighters Taking Part in Haiti Humanitarian Effort
Monday, February 22, 2010
A Portland Firefighter was excited to report that Actor Sean Penn stopped by one of the Firefighters camps last night to visit! A portion of the Firefighters are now off to work at an orphanage! A hospital where a portion of the Firefighters were working today shut down the operating room because of tremors!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Some of the Firefighters attend a Haitian Church service. The Haitians love to sing and, as a treat, the Firefighters sang "Amazing Grace."
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Firefighters are definitely sleep deprived but are pushing through and helping as many people as possible!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Firefighters report giving A LOT of antibiotics!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
A portion of the group waits in a school in Port-Au-Prince to meet and construct a plan of attack with members of Christian Relief International; the group is then sent to a hospital to work for three days.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The group receives a cheer on the flight to Santo Domingo after their mission was announced over the intercom. The group lands in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with a plan to purchase food, water, and other supplies before boarding a bus to Haiti. However, after arriving in the Dominican Republic, the group is forced to split up, one group traveling in a small bus and the rest waiting for a Toyota to transport them to Haiti. The groups arrive finally in Haiti.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Portland Firefighters, Doctors, and Registered Nurses fly out of the Portland Airport headed to lay over in Philadelphia. The group then boards a plane to Santo Domingo Dominican Republic.
15 volunteers who are also Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters will be taking part in a humanitarian effort that will be traveling in Haiti and offering aid. The volunteers will be bringing water, food, clothing, and providing basic aid and search and rescue support to the peoples of Haiti.
On their own initiative, the group of firefighters will travel with medical staff and Haitians leaving on February 9th and returning on February 26th. The group will fly to the Dominican Republic and travel to Haiti on a bus.
To prepare for this trip, the volunteers received vaccinations and have packed sleeping bags, pillows, and camping and food supplies. Fellow firefighters have stepped up to cover the volunteers’ shifts during their absence.
Wireless access may be available; if so, we will follow their journey on the Fire Blog. Portland Fire & Rescue wishes the volunteers well!
February 4, 2010