FEMA calls on Volga-Dnepr to deliver fire engine trucks for California fire
Updated on October 1st, 2020 at 11:14 IST
Volga-Dnepr Airlines has operated the An-124-100 charter flight for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist the US firefighting mission in California.
The two fire engines and a Ford F-250 pickup truck, weighing more than 20 tonnes in total, were delivered from Atlantic City, New Jersey to San Francisco, California after all the documentation was approved within one day since application. They will join other resources of the country to eliminate further fire spread and bolster firefighting activities in the region which has been struggling with natural disaster.
"For more than five years we have been cooperating with FEMA to guarantee fast, seamless and intact humanitarian deliveries to the regions hit by various natural disasters. With profound and well-aligned relations, we are able to process all the flight issues within the shortest timeframes which is crucial for humanitarian missions when so much is at stake. Up till now, we have operated over 80 FEMA charter flights delivering more than 3,000 tonnes of essential cargo and we are always on alert with our dedicated services, fleet and personnel", highlighted Ekaterina Andreeva, commercial director, Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
Volga-Dnepr has been supporting FEMA since 2015 with various aid and relief charters facilitated by unique capabilities of its freighter fleet and experienced team of logistics practitioners. The range of cargoes it transports varied from food, water, tents, telephone poles, generators up to heavy machinery for dissolution, construction machines which bolstered recovery from natural disasters after devastating Typhoon Soudelor (2015), Hurricane Maria (2017), and Typhoon Yutu (2018). In 2020, with COVID-19 pandemic Volga-Dnepr has operated 6 charters from South East Asia to the USA with PPE onboard to assist the region in its battle against virus spread.