In an effort to help strengthen the capacity of the Liberia National Fire Service (LNSF) the Chicago Fire Department in the United States has pledged to support its counterparts in Liberia.
According to a dispatch from the U.S. State of Chicago, the commitment followed a meeting held between the director of the Liberia National Fire Service Col. Alex Dickson and Chicago Fire Chief Richard C. Ford, II.
Col. Dickson is visiting the United States upon an invitation from the Liberian community in Chicago. The two officials discussed challenges facing the LNFS and how the Chicago Fire Department could help in providing local and international, including provision of equipment and logistics as well as rebranding and establishing a medical department within the LNFS.
Upon his arrival in Chicago on 25 August 2020, Col Dickson was received by a high-powered Liberian delegation and immediately taken to the Chicago Fire department where he and his colleague discussed issues about the future of the Liberia National Fire Service.
The Chicago Fire department is the second largest fire department in America with some of the best firefighters and paramedics.
Chicago Fire Chief Richard C. Ford, II and his 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner Annette Nance Holt attended the meeting with their counterpart from Liberia. The two American fire chiefs have reportedly promised to visit Liberia in December this year, the dispatch disclosed.