On November 11th 2014,upwards of 300 sets of structure firefighting gear and much more were loaded into a huge U-Haul truck and brought to a warehouse space just outside of Port Townsend to palletize. Local contractor Rob Gruye of Solution Building, Inc donated his warehouse space and forklift for loading the tractor trailer which arrived the next day, bound for Nogales, Arizona.
Eight wooden pallets were loaded high with firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical equipment headed for the states of Sinaloa and Jalisco, Mexico. The shipment of gear was coordinated by FFCB regional representative Jordan Pollack.
All of the equipment is surplus from fire departments around Washington including local fire department East Jefferson Fire-Rescue (EJFR). Coats, pants, boots, helmets, rescue harnesses, splints, and much more are all headed south to the border town of Nogales, Arizona.
There they will be stored in a fruit and vegetable warehouse until the importation paperwork is completed. Once that is done representatives from partner non-profit organization Bomberos Amigos (friends of firefighters) from the State of Sinaloa drive north to truck the pallets two states south.