The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 destroyed many structures, including entire hospitals and other medical facilities. Since then, some fires that started were simply left to burn out due to lack of resources.
Coordinated by Fire Capt. Jonathan Bowers of the Los Angeles County Stentorians, a chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, organized an effort to provide the demolished country with a fire truck as well as with the necessary training to operate it.
In September 2012, the Compton Fire Department donated a fire truck to Carrefour, a residential neighborhood in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. To get it ready, the truck was brought to Los Angeles Trade-Technical College for refurbishment through the college’s automotive repair program. After nearly 2 years of students providing the hands-on labor to restore the truck, it is ready to be dedicated and sent to Haiti.
The Los Angeles Trade-Technical Foundation has coordinated an official unveiling ceremony to take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. on the Trade Tech campus. The fire engine will have lights on and sirens going near the North Event Tent. At 11:45 a.m., the formal dedication ceremony and presentations will occur in the same location. At 12:15 there will be a reception at Magnolia Hall atrium.
Representatives from the Haitian Consulate and Department of Defense will be present, along with elected officials; Los Angeles Trade-Technical College faculty, staff, and administration; students from the Transportation’s Collision and Repair Program; major suppliers including NAPA Auto Parts; and of course, fire fighters representing Los Angeles City, County, and Compton Fire Departments. For more information, visit http://foundation.lattc.edu.
Content and photo credit: Chini Johnson, Professor, Emeritus, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and LATTC Foundation secretary and http://www.neontommy.com/news/2013/11/la-trade-tech-college-students-prepare-firetruck-haiti