Ocala & OFR to donate firefighting apparatus to Bahamian community


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The City of Ocala and Ocala Fire Rescue will be donating Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) apparatus to Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas.

In a press release, Ocala Public Information Officer, Ashley Lopez, wrote, “Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc through the Bahamas in late August 2019, the need for aid was not only evident but immediately addressed by countless organizations. While assistance was plentiful, the devastating effects of the category five cyclone are evident to this day. In November 2019, a plea for aid was received by Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR). Following a thorough examination of the department’s fleet and inventory, a potential donation was identified.”

OFR will be presenting the keys to a retired ARFF apparatus to Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Rescue in hopes of assisting with the recovering community’s needs.

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