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New fire equipment in Abaco

ABACO – Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue, headed by Chief Colin Albury in Treasure Cay, recently hosted a handover ceremony at its fire station where it donated a fire truck and equipment to the newly formed North Abaco Volunteer Fire Department.

The new department will handle emergencies from Black Wood to Crown Haven.  Treasure Cay also commissioned a new truck at the event on August 24.

Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, Assistant Commissioner Emrick Seymour, Director of Fire Services Superintendent Walter Evans, Superintendent Noel Curry and Inspector Wilson Delancy attended the ceremony.

As guests gathered inside the fire station an emergency call came through about a fire in Leisure Lee.  Albury, who was set to moderate the event, along with several volunteers, raced out in a truck to the call.

When Albury returned he thanked guests for their patience.

“As we gather today to dedicate this equipment and commission these vehicles to service, let us not forget the real dedication that is the commitment of each and every volunteer that rises out of his or her bed at 2 o’clock in the morning to go fight a fire,” he said.

Firefighting equipment was also donated to Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue.  It was expected that some of this equipment would also go to North Abaco’s Brigade and to a volunteer department in Andros.

Those donations were made possible by the Largo Florida Fire Department and its chief, Mixson Doug Hiatt.  Hiatt drove across the state of Florida to deliver the equipment to the Port of Palm Beach free of charge.

Included in the donated equipment were firefighting suits, boots, helmets, an exhaust fan and hoses.

Greenslade thanked Albury and his volunteers for the work they do.

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