Japan Donates Retired Fire Apparatus to Ebola-Hit West Africa

Retired emergency vehicles, including ambulances, donated by prefectural governments were readied Tuesday for a new mission — helping two West African countries fight the deadly Ebola outbreak, reports The Japan Times.

The 13 vehicles will be airlifted Wednesday night from Narita International Airport to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The five ambulances and eight command vehicles were provided by fire departments in 10 prefectures, including Tokyo, Tochigi, Aichi and Shimane.

They were given to the Society for Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy, which donates used emergency vehicles to developing countries.

The two African nations asked for the vehicles.

During a handover ceremony Tuesday, Liberian Ambassador Youngor Telewoda expressed appreciation for Japan’s support, saying emergency vehicles are indispensable for transporting Ebola victims to medical institutions.

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