|OLD E172 in Action in Nicaragua STILL WORKING HARD !!|
|By Member Chip Jewell|
|April 9, 2021|
Old Engine 172, a 1989 Pierce Lance engine that was donated 5 years ago to Nindiri, Nicaragua is still in service providing fire protection as the only fire engine in Nindiri, Nicaragua. This engine was replaced in 2016 with a Pierce Dash that is presently the first line engine in Libertytown. The city of Nindiri has a population of over 60,000 people that depended on a flat bed truck with a pump and water tank for fire protection.
Thanks to the generosity of Frank Chiaramonte, a local contractor who was living in Libertytown, Nindiri received this engine that was unable to remain in service in the United States because it no longer met national standards, but was fully capable of basic firefighting.
The Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department shares a brotherhood/sisterhood with the firefighters of the Nindiri, Nicaragua Fire Department and, during more normal times, has welcomed Comandante Dr. Uguarte to the annual Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department on several occasions
Several of the pictures attached show old Engine 172 fighting several of the many wild fires that are threating Nicaragua due to dryer than normal conditions that plague the country.