As part of efforts to improve the capabilities of Peruvian firefighters to respond to emergencies, U.S. Embassy Lima Deputy Chief Mission Denison Offutt presented an important donation of equipment for firefighters of 34 companies in 16 regions of Peru, in the presence of Vice Minister of Interior for Internal Order Esteban Máximo Saavedra Mendoza, Vice Minister of Interior for Internal Security Víctor Raúl Rucoba Tello, and Commander of the Peruvian Volunteer Firefighters, Firefighter Brigadier General Larry Steve Lynch Solís.
The equipment consists of 170 new firefighter suits valued at approximately $483,000 and was formally received by the National Peruvian Firefighters Intendent, Firefighter Senior Brigadier Luis Ponce La Jara.
This donation was made through the United States Southern Command Humanitarian Aid Program (HAP). Since 2006, HAP has invested $45 million in Peru, including the construction of Regional Emergency Centers in 15 regions of Peru, equipment for these centers and personnel training, to strengthen Peru’s capacity to provide government services and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations.
Deputy Chief of Mission Denison Offutt said, “This donation is the continuation of our cooperation through donations of equipment and material that we have previously delivered to firefighters in 2016 and 2017.
The personal protection equipment that we donate today consists of 170 equipments of helmets with visors, fire suits, insulated boots, gloves, and hoods.
We have come to Peru’s aid in emergencies such as El Niño Costero in 2017 and with medical care through four deployments of the USNS Comfort hospital ship, working together with the government of Peru for the welfare of Peruvian communities. We are sure that these humanitarian assistance activities will continue and will contribute to continue strengthening the strong ties of friendship and cooperation that unite Peru and the United States.”
Deputy Chief Mission Offutt concluded, “I would like to congratulate the men and women of Peru’s Volunteer Firefighters. For 159 years they have been serving the community with dedication and courage that is revealed every day. Together we construct the forcé to be prepared for any emergency.