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FEMA calls on Volga-Dnepr to deliver fire engine trucks for California

FEMA calls on Volga-Dnepr to deliver fire engine trucks for California

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 after 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 co-operating 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 team of logistics practitioners.

The range of cargoes it transports varied from food, water, tents, telephone poles and 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 six charters from South East Asia to the USA with PPE onboard to assist the region in its battle against virus spread.

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.


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