Lake Oswego will soon send a big, red present to Ukraine.
Within the next couple of weeks, the city’s fire department will donate its retired 1994 fire engine to the nonprofit Ukrainian Resistance Foundation. The truck will travel to the East Coast, then on to Germany. It will eventually reach Ukraine by passing through Poland.
The engine will help fill the besieged country’s critical need for emergency, medical, and fire equipment. The city of Lake Oswego said the donation “supports the Ukrainian community during a time of great need.”
Messages of hope and encouragement will travel with the truck. The Lake Oswego Fire Department asked people to write uplifting notes on the engine at a send-off event on the Fourth of July.
The fire department’s recently purchased replacement — Engine 210 — can hold 500 gallons of water, is equipped with more than 2,500 ft of hose, and can pump up to 1,500 gallons of water per minute.