GFD Gets the Keys to a New Rescue Unit from USDA

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Guam – The Department of Agriculture officially turned over the keys to a new emergency rescue unit to the Guam Fire Department.

USDA Area Director Joe Diego presented the keys to the new vehicle to Guam Fire Chief Dave Peredo at the Hagatna Boat Basin Wednesday morning. The total value of the unit is $65-thousand dollars which came from a USDA grant.

The vehicle is fully equipped with search and rescue tools, including two rescue ski-doos. Chief Dave Peredo said it will serve to provide both land and water rescues as needed. And he called it an example of GFD’s their success in seeking Federal grants.

“Writing up a grant is not that easy,” said Peredo. “This is one of the accomplishments and this is the end result.”

The Guam Fire Department has recently come under criticism from Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz who has accused the Department of failing to take advantage of grant opportunities.