Metro Supply Chain Group and Firefighters Without Borders collaborate to transport needed fire equipment to St. Lucia and make a difference in our world

May 12, 2021

Toronto, May 12, 2021: What does it take to move a 20,000-kilogram (44,000-pound) fire truck and equipment from Mississauga, Ontario to the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia? A passion for helping, a deep logistics network and years of supply chain expertise.

Founded in 2002, Firefighters Without Borders (FWB) is a charitable organization dedicated to helping fire departments around the world prepare for the next emergency. In addition to equipping under-resourced fire services, FWB provides hands-on training and ongoing technical support to encourage communities to become proficient in firefighting and self-sustaining. St. Lucia is just one of 20 countries where FWB is making a difference.

Donated to FWB by Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Evolution Time Critical relocated the truck, hoses and flashlights by both land and sea. The specialist transport arm of end-to-end supply chain solutions company, Metro Supply Chain Group, Evolution Time Critical has the skills, experience and network to facilitate even the most challenging delivery timelines and scenarios.

“As a global logistics supplier, we are able to harness the power of different modes of transport and are ideally positioned to support FWB in getting essential firefighting equipment to wherever it is needed. This latest project far surpassed anything we’ve done for the charity in terms of the scale and size of the shipment, however it was a challenge we relished. We look forward to seeing the fire truck at work on the streets of Castries,” said Kevin Kendall, Metro Supply Chain Group’s VP and Business Leader of Consumer Packaged Goods, and a recent FWB Board Member.

This herculean effort is just one of the many collaborations between Metro Supply Chain Group and FWB in their four-year community partnership. Since 2017, Metro Supply Chain Group has handled more than 100 shipments of donated products across the Americas on behalf of FWB, as well as supporting the charity with packaging and warehousing facilities. It also provided transportation to collect additional donations to the charity from around the Ontario and Calgary regions, and organized a charity day during which volunteers from across Metro Supply Chain Group helped prepare the shipment for transport.

“Metro’s support over the past four years has been vital in helping us to get vital firefighting equipment to the people who need it most. This is by far the biggest item we have approached them to transport, but they have truly risen to the challenge in delivering the fire truck to St Lucia where it will play a vital role in protecting the people and buildings of the island,” said Acting District Chief Craig Dockeray, who is also the VP of FWB’s Board of Directors.

Partnering with FWB is just one of the investments Metro Supply Chain Group is making in local, like-minded organizations as part of the company’s commitment to supporting our communities, world and planet.

“It’s part of our DNA to want to help and our collaboration with FWB is a great example of using our passion to support a valued organization that directly saves lives,” said Kendall.

For further information, please contact Alison Wood, awood@metroscg.com

Metro Supply Chain Group

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Based in Canada, Metro Supply Chain Group operates a dynamic, high-volume network of full-service warehousing/distribution and transportation services. Strategically-located warehousing, state-of-the-art co-pack facilities and flexible transportation solutions (including global time critical logistics response) are among the hallmarks of this 40+ year-old international logistics innovator. With more than 6000 associates across 70 sites in North America and Europe, Metro provides customized logistics and supply chain solutions to all industries with a significant presence in the consumer packaged goods, retail and automotive sectors.