One of our passions here at Rick’s Heart Foundation,  is that no one’s life should ever be at risk due to lack of Emergency Response Vehicles. That is why we sponsored $10,000 to Kamloops Fire Fighters Charitable Society to Convoy Emergency Response vehicles to Nicaragua.  Globally, everyone should be able to call for help and the help is there. This Convoy was a partnership with Founder’s company Diamond Delivery. Below are a few articles with more information on this incredible Convoy.

Diamond Delivery supports convoy of emergency vehicles to Nicaragua

Two ambulances and three firetrucks were driven to Atlanta, awaiting flight to Nicaragua

December 20, 2017 
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Surrey, BC — Diamond Delivery, a BC-owned and operated transportation company, has teamed up with Kamloops, BC firefighters to send a convoy of desperately needed fire trucks and ambulances to Nicaragua.

This is just the latest twist in Diamond Delivery’s ongoing work in Nicaragua which has seen a school and playground built, and soccer uniforms, balls and nets, baseball equipment, bicycles and other supplies delivered to beleaguered communities like the small village of Jiquilillo, devastated following a tsunami in 1992 and a hurricane in 1998.

The convoy of refurbished emergency vehicles departed Kamloops on September 10 and arrived in Atlanta Georgia on September 24. The vehicles will be airlifted from there by the US Air Force for the remainder of the journey.

The two ambulances and three firetrucks were driven to Atlanta by a team of Kamloops volunteer firefighters and one employee. The company covered expenses to the tune of $10,000. One vehicle started the trip in Toronto, but the rest traveled the 6,000 km from Kamloops.

Volunteer firefighters from Kamloops drove the two ambulances and three firetrucks to Atlanta.

The convoy has been in the planning for more than a year and faces some uncertainty with raging wildfires and hurricanes along its route, but organizers have stressed the importance of completing the mission as too many Nicaraguan communities lack the emergency vehicles and equipment they so urgently require.

“No community can wait to be prepared for what Mother Nature may have in-store,” says team organizer, David Sakaki.

“Getting these vehicles to communities in Nicaragua simply can’t wait. The 8.1 Mexican earthquake last week was closer to Nicaragua than it was to Mexico City, which experienced severe shaking and some damage.”

Diamond Delivery’s president, Karl Gillies, says, “As a corporation, we believe we have a responsibility to our local communities and to the small planet we all share. We have long been active in charitable work across British Columbia, and with our experience in transportation and logistics, we jumped at the opportunity to have our Kamloops and head offices join with the Kamloops Firefighters to assist with the extraordinary work they have undertaken across the world and, in particular, Nicaragua.”

He adds that, “As a company that has long been involved in logistical support to those fighting wildfires in our own province, we know how critically important the right vehicles and equipment are in responding to emergency situations.”

Diamond Delivery undertakes much of its charitable work through the Rick’s Heart Foundation, see: https://ricksheartfoundation.com/

Member Update: Diamond Delivery Supports Convoy of Emergency Vehicles to Nicaragua

Posted on Mon, 2017-09-25 15:32 in 

Diamond Delivery has teamed up with the Kamloops Firefighters to send a convoy of desperately needed fire trucks and ambulances to Nicaragua.

This is just the latest twist in Diamond Delivery’s ongoing work in Nicaragua, which has seen a school and playground built and soccer uniforms, balls and nets, baseball equipment, bicycles and other supplies delivered to beleaguered communities like the small village of Jiquilillo, devastated following a tsunami in 1992 and a hurricane in 1998.

The convoy of refurbished emergency vehicles departed Kamloops on September 10 and is expected to arrive in Georgia on September 25, 2017, where the vehicles will be airlifted for the remainder of the journey.

The convoy has been in the planning for more than a year and faces some uncertainty with raging wildfires and hurricanes along its route, but organizers have stressed the importance of completing the mission as too many Nicaraguan communities lack the emergency vehicles and equipment they so urgently require. “No community can wait to be prepared for what Mother Nature may have in store,” says team organizer, David Sakaki. “Getting these vehicles to communities in Nicaragua simply can’t wait. The first 8.1 Mexican earthquake two weeks ago was closer to Nicaragua than it was to Mexico City, which experienced severe shaking and some damage.”

Diamond Delivery’s President, Karl Gillies says, “As a corporation, we believe we have a responsibility to our local communities and to the small planet we all share. We have long been active in charitable work across British Columbia, and with our experience in transportation and logistics, we jumped at the opportunity to have our Kamloops and head offices join with the Kamloops Firefighters to assist with the extraordinary work they have undertaken across the world and, in particular, in Nicaragua.” He adds that, “as a company that has long been involved in logistical support to those fighting wildfires in our own province, we know how critically important the right vehicles and equipment are in responding to emergency situations.”

Diamond Delivery undertakes much of its charitable work through the Rick’s Heart Foundation, see: https://ricksheartfoundation.com/

Diamond Delivery has been a BCTA motor carrier member through its sister company, First Canadian Messenger, since 2000. Visit diamonddelivers.com for information about the company.