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Avenue of Service: International Service Area of Focus:
Country: Mexico City/Region: Mazatlan
Project Description
The Highway to Mexico project involves the delivery of vehicles (buses, ambulances, fire trucks) and firefighting equipment to Mazatlan, Mexico and the surrounding region. Mazatlan has a population of over 700,000 and although it has a good tourist trade, many of its citizens, schools and the Fire Departments are in need of assistance. The Rotary Club of Edson along with the 3 Grande Prairie Rotary Clubs have donated 61 vehicles since the start of the project in 2002. Along with the vehicles they have delivered firefighting equipment, school supplies, computers and first aid equipment; The Canadian clubs work very closely with the Rotary Clubs of Mazatlan. The 5000 km trip from Edson to Mazatlan is a grueling trip for the drivers, however it is all worthwhile once the Rotarians are able to provide the Mexican firefighters with the equipment and knowledge to protect the property and lives of the people in their communities. This project has a dramatic impact on the quality of life of people in the Mazatlan region. Visit us the project on Facebook at Highway to Mexico
Project Partners and Funding
Total Project Budget: $5,500.00
Partner Type Amount
Total Funding: $0
Project Results
2014 Update We are pleased to announce that we have received a generous donation of a Fire Truck from the County of Grande Prairie Fire Department for the Highway to Mexico Project. The Fire Truck was graciously donated by the County of Grande Prairie Fire Department. The Rotary Club of Edson will be delivering the Fire Truck and much needed firefighting equipment to the firefighters of Mazatlan. The City of Fort McMurray, Lac La Biche County, Nova Chemicals, and the M.D. of Smoky River Fire Departments have donated an extensive amount of fire hose, fire equipment, helmets, boots and protective clothing. Morad Communications of Edson and Hinton has contributed mobile radios which are used by the Rotarians to communicate between vehicles on the trip to Mazatlan. Once in Mazatlan, the radios are donated to a Fire Department for emergency communications. This year, six vehicles (three Fire Trucks, 2 ambulances and a school bus) will be driven from Alberta to Mazatlan by a team of volunteer Rotarians from Grande Prairie and Edson with 2 drivers per vehicle. It takes about 1 week to make the 5000 km trip to Mazatlan. Once there, the vehicles and equipment are provided to the communities most in need. Edson Rotarians Shari McDowell and Murray Heinrich will be the drivers of the Fire Truck. Heinrich will also provide training of the firefighters in Mazatlan. The group will depart from Edson on March 6, 2013.
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