The Vermont National Guard gave the Senegalese Sapeurs-Pompiers Brigade a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Vehicle on May 5, 2017. The event was presided by the Commander General of the Vermont National Guard, Major General Steven Cray, in the presence of Senegalese General Victor Tine. MG Cray said “the teamwork displayed in this partnership has truly represented and met the intent of both partners in increasing the Senegalese ability to respond to a Toxic Industrial Materials spill and to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
Over the past few years, the Vermont National Guard has developed a great and successful partnership with Senegal and their committed Sapeurs-Pompiers Brigade. The Sapeurs-Pompiers Brigade has displayed its true dedication to the mission by realigning personnel and resources for the creation of a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team, long-term training engagement between the Sapeurs-Pompiers, the Vermont National Guard and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. This led to a truly capable Senegalese Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Defense force on the ground that supports the ability to prepare, protect, prevent, respond, and recover from Toxic Industrial Materials spill.
With the addition of this “HAZMAT” Vehicle, Senegal has added to its HAZMAT response equipment, supplies and emergency response training that will contribute to any international effort needs, such as the recent call by the Ministry of Defense for the Sapeurs-Pompiers to assist with the very successful ECOWAS mission “Operation Restore Democracy” in The Gambia.