Thanks to the persistence of Steve and Lorraine Richards Kansas Paraguay Partners now has a shipment of firefighting equipment packed and read to ship to Paraguay. This is the culmination of much work over several years. Steve and Lorraine first collected equipment from cooperating fire departments in Kansas. Then when their basement was getting pretty full, KPP purchased a shipping container to be used for storage. The Wichita-Sedgwick County Fire Department graciously agreed to have the storage unit in one of their locations. After another couple of years of paperwork Steve and Lorraine received the go ahead to prepare for shipment.
On Saturday, January 18th ten volunteers of the Wichita – Sedgwick County Fire Reserve joined 4 members of KPP Emergency Preparedness Committee to prepare donated equipment for airlift. Two-dozen pallets were stacked, wrapped and strapped with more than 10 thousand pounds of cargo.
We are not done yet. We anxiously await the flight schedule.