Spanish Government Presents Two Fire Trucks to Liberia

The twoTrucks donated to the Liberian Government by the Regional Governemt of Madrid, Spain
The twoTrucks donated to the Liberian Government by the Regional Governemt of Madrid, Spain
Photo Credit: IT/Public Affairs Bureau- MFA

The Regional Government of Madrid, Spain has formally presented two fire trucks to the Liberian Government. The trucks, which include one Mercedes Benz and a Land Rover Defender 130, were presented Wednesday, August 27th by the Spanish Resident Representative to Liberia, Counselor Javier Cantero.

Receiving the donation, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Hon. Edward McClain, said the kind gesture could not have come at such an opportune time when Liberia is experiencing numerous fire hazards both in the city and in the leeward counties.

Minister McClain recalled that several months ago, the Government of Liberia was also privileged to receive 25 Buses from the Spanish Government to ease the Transportation problem in the country, noting, the donation is a result of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleafís State Visit to Spain in March, 2007. 

Also commenting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Olubanke King-Akerele, praised the Spanish Government for the donation and added that it would go a long way in further cementing the cordial ties subsisting between Liberia and Spain. The ceremony was also attended by Justice Minister, Cllr. Philip Banks.
 
 The donation of the Fire Trucks was initially announced through the Liberian Embassy accredited to the Republic of France with multiple accreditations to Spain, Switzerland, Greece and Portugal. The Liberian Embassy in Paris is headed by Mr. Mckinely Thomas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
 
 The gesture is in fulfillment of promises made by the President of the Madrid Community Regional Government, Madam Aguirre Efperanza to Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf, during the Liberian leaderís visit to Spain in 2007. Meanwhile, the Madrid Community Fire Department has offered to train two Liberian fire service personnel in Madrid.