Omaha Donates Ambulances & Equipment to Xalapa
On April 4th, 2016, a City of Omaha resolution was signed by Mayor Jean Stothert, then Fire Chief Bernard Kanger and Finance Director Stephen Curtis, approving the donation of surplus and excess vehicles and equipment to Omaha’s Sister City Xalapa, Mexico. The donation is permissible under section 5.21 of the Omaha Home Rule Charter upon favorable finding that the vehicles and equipment are no longer usable for any City purpose. The donation will help provide much needed emergency services to Xalapa’s citizens.
Below is a description of the items to be donated:
Four Freightliner FL-50 ambulances, years 1999 – 2002, with mileage ranging from 160k to 220k
Seven Hurst Extrication Tools “Jaws of Life” (power unit, cutters, spreaders and ram) and miscellaneous spare parts and several SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) harnesses
A ceremony will take place at the Durham Museum beginning at 11:00 AM on May 24th to mark the gifting of the ambulances and equipment to Xalapa, Mexico. Omaha Mayor Stothert, Xalapa Mayor Américo Zúñiga Martínez and Mexican Consul Guadelupe Sànchez Salazar, Omaha Interim Fire Chief Dan Olsen, Omaha Sister Cities Board President Cynthia Buettner, Union Pacific Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations Scott Moore will attend.
Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern de Mexico are providing the logistics and transportation free-of-charge for the over 2000-mile rail journey from Omaha to Xalapa. Two uni-level rail cars, specially modified to transport vehicles of this size, will each carry two ambulances.
In April 2010, Rural Metro Ambulance made a similar donation to Xalapa consisting of 2 refurbished ambulances and stretchers, also transported by rail free of charge by Union Pacific.