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STAND gets favorable response from U.S. Envoy on fire equipment

The civil society group has praised the United States government and people for consistently helping Liberia in critical times. 

Monrovia, May 31, 2024: Liberia’s leading civil society organization, Solidarity and Trust for a New Day (STAND), has expressed gratitude to the Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia Ms. Catherine Rodriguez for the timely response and assurances regarding the request to equip the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS). 

In a statement released Thursday, 30 May 2024, STAND Chairman Mr. Mulbah K. Morlu said his organization and the Liberian people remain grateful to the government and people of the United States for consistently coming to Liberia’s aid in critical times. 

STAND also has also used the opportunity to renew calls to other development partners to positively respond to the organization’s recent requests to support the Government of Liberia through building the capacity of the Fire Service department to effectively fight the many fire outbreaks that have plagued vulnerable communities here.

“The officers and members of Solidarity and Trust for a New Day (STAND), Liberia’s prominent civil society organization, extend our compliments to you and the American people,” the communication addressed to Ms. Rodriguez said.

With urgency attached to this communication, STAND solicited Ms. Rodriguez’s assistance to aid the Liberia National Fire Service in confronting the increasingly alarming fire outbreaks that persistently devastate Liberia, leading to tragic loss of lives and extensive damage to properties.

“STAND is equally compelled to urgently seek assistance for the fire disasters from the U.S. Embassy, especially in light of a recent statement by Mr. Edwin Tisdell, the Deputy Director for Operations at the Liberia National Fire Service,” the communication noted 

According to Mr. Morlu, the fire chief Mr. Tisdell’s statement underscores that the Liberia National Fire Service is unable to effectively combat these fire outbreaks due to the increasing demand for fire service, inadequate equipment, and limited financial and logistical support. 

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“Therefore, this grave fire menace prompts STAND to turn to no other source for urgent assistance than our traditional partners, the United States of America, given our nation’s long-standing relationship with you.”

In response, Ms. Rodriguez thanked Mr. Morlu for his appeal to the US for assistance to equip the National Fire Service.

She expressed appreciation to him for bringing to the Embassy’s attention the need to improve the fire safety and emergency response capabilities in Liberia.

She stated that the Embassy is looking through it’s internal mechanisms to see how it can provide assistance.

However, she said this will take some time and the Embassy will reach out to the National Fire Service once the level of assistance is determined.

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