City Council Hands Over Boots to Belize Fire Service Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:00

Councillor Phillip Willoughby hands over bootsOn Wednesday, April 18, the Belize City Council handed over 10 fire fighter boots to the Belize Fire Service. In a brief ceremony at the fire station on Slaughter House Road, Councilor Phillip Willoughby stated that the Council is proud to be able to make such a donation to the dedicated and hard working force. He explained that the donation is made possible through the Council’s sister city relationship with Berrien Springs, Michigan of the United States. The boots were first donated to the Council on Monday, March 26, by Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

Vern Byrd, a part-time fireman of Michigan, handed over the boots to the Council and in turn the Council handed over the boots to the Belize Fire Service. The ten boots represent only half of the total donation as another ten will be passed on to the Fire Service. The boots will be issued to the new recruits, who currently train with their daily boots.

Deon Leslie is the Councilor responsible for sister city relations. He has the task of strengthening current sister city relationships and establishing new ones. The relationship with Andrews University dates back to 2007 and since that time, the university has contributed to several community projects within the city. Another project that is soon to be undertaken by the university is the adoption of a public park in Belize City. The boots donated are professional fire fighting boots and cost approximately $7,000.