A FIRE ENGINE which has been used in North Wales for the last 13 years is expected to start a new life - in Bosnia.
North Wales Fire Authority is being asked next week to formally approve the donation of the Mercedes 1120 Carmichael water tender.
Chad Hudson of The Emergency Services (Promotions Department) Ltd of Wrexham approached the brigade on behalf of the International Fire and Rescue Association (IFRA) with a view to transporting a fire tender to bolster the limited amount of fire fighting equipment available to the Bosnian communities.
He has previously been able to donate two fire appliances to IFRA and they are now being used in an area of Bosnia where they are the only fire-fighting capability within a 40-mile radius.
North Wales chief fire officer Mr Simon Smith says the Mercedes which will become available in February is fitted with a 2,250 litre per minute high pressure pump and would seem to be a suitable vehicle.
The authority has previously donated redundant personal protective equipment to assist with the Aid To Romania programme.
Mr Hudson says the offer is most generous and if all went well it was intended to transport it in March.
'The appliance will be going to a place called Kljuc which I have recently visited while delivering an ambulance in that area,' he said.
'I therefore know from first-hand experience, even thought I am not a firefighter myself, that they are seriously ill-equipped, using old appliances which should by now be in a museum and not being used in present day situations.'
He says the fire fighters of Kljuc 'will be more than grateful' for such a priceless piece of life-saving equipment.