The Colorado Springs Fire Department has donated a 1997 HME Becker Type I fire engine to Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico, reports The Gazette.
The fire departments have worked together since 1996. The fire truck is the second engine Colorado Springs Fire Department has donated to Nuevo Casas Grandes. The fire truck was loaded with donations (clothing, shoes, books and toys) from the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs for a local orphanage in Nuevo Casas Grandes.
Colorado Springs typically maintains fire trucks for an average of 17 years then tries to sell the engines.
The two fire departments coordinated to have a team from Nuevo Casas Grandes pick up the vehicle but Donna Nelson, who helps with Colorado Springs sister city coordination said they ran into trouble at the southern border.