Palo Alto has donated two surplus fire trucks to its sister city of Oaxaca, Mexico. The $4,500 cost of shipping the trucks to the border was provided by the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto and the University Rotary Club of Palo Alto. Oaxacan officials will meet the trucks at the border.
The two trucks are an ambulance and a four-wheel-drive pickup truck used in off-road areas.
“The Kiwanis and Rotary clubs’ response was wonderful,” said Bob Wenzlau of Neighbors Abroad. “This cooperation is a great example of international goodwill.”
Oaxaca and Palo Alto had roughly equal populations of 56,000 when they became sister cities in 1964. Palo Alto has grown slightly since then, while Oaxaca now has more than 500,000 people.