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AFR Equipment Donation Finds Caribbean Home

Nation of Antigua and Barbuda get needed firefighting equipment and supplies.
March 07, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE - Albuquerque District 6 City Councilor Nichole Rogers, Albuquerque Fire and Rescue Chief Emily Jaramillo, and Mr. Ralph L. Mims of R. Mims World Group proudly announce the arrival of AFR's donated surplus fire equipment to the Nation of Antigua and Barbuda. The equipment was needed by firefighters and police departments of the twin island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean.

U.S. Military cargo plane arrives at V.C. Bird International Airport, Jan. 29, 2024  Military personnel unload donated firefighter equipment to Antigua & Barbuda

“On behalf of the Hon. Steadroy C.O. Benjamin, Antigua and Barbuda’s Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Legal Affairs, National Security and Labor for the generosity of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Fire Department,” said Ralph L. Mims, President of the R. Mims World Group. “This donation will help the nation of Antigua and Barbuda meet their critical safety needs. Our communities in the Caribbean are forever thankful.”

Fire and Police personnel from Antigua & Barbuda with donated AFR equipment

City of Albuquerque Fire and Rescue Department donated 11-Pairs of Wildland Boots, one Typhoon PPV Fan, 50 sets of OOS Bunker Gear, 20 pairs of OOS Bunker Boots, nine sections of OOS 1 ¾ Hose, two meta booster Hose Reels without House and four 18 Volt De Walt Sawzall’s with 2 batteries each and Charges. The equipment was delivered to Antigua and Barbuda police and fire officials on Jan. 29, 2024, at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua.

Ralph L. Mims of R. Mims World Group (center) with Antigua & Barbuda Police Chief Atlee Patric Rodney (left) and Fire Chief Vivian Parker (right)

Largely through Mims' local efforts, with help from the U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the USA AID Program, the equipment was loaded and transported courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Denton program.

“The Denton program allows organizations to use space available on U.S. military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods to countries in need,” explained Albuquerque City Councilor Nichole Rogers. “When Ralph presented us with Antigua’s and Barbuda’s needs, it became doable to donate AFR equipment. The City of Albuquerque is honored to help our sister cities become stronger.”

The R. Mims World Group has plans to continue the economic development connections between New Mexico and the Nation of Antigua & Barbuda.