Fort Worth Fire Dept. Hosts Indonesian Firefighters
2011-10-25 01:04 The Fort Worth Fire Dept. and the City of Fort Worth Dept. of Emergency Management will host five firefighters from Bandung, Indonesia, Fort Worth’s sister city since 1991. The exchange will take place Nov. 7-14. Fire station #2 will host the Indonesian fire fighters during their stay allowing them to live with Fort Worth firefighters and experience day to day life in the U.S. Keith Wells, City of Fort Worth Emergency Management Coordinator, has organized this professional exchange in order that the two cities learn and exchange best practices with each other. They will also explore the fire fighter training academy at Tarrant County College and learn about special rescue techniques and emergency management practices. While here, Sister Cities’ members will host the firefighters for cultural activities to show them the way of life in the U.S. “We are excited to welcome our Indonesian friends to Fort Worth,” said Tran Trong, Bandung Chair. “This is a wonderful opportunity for both cities to learn from each other and share our different cultures. It will give all of us a chance to know a totally different part of the world.” Bandung, Indonesia selected Fort Worth as its first U.S. sister city and is setting the standard by which U.S.-Islamic partnerships are measured. Exchanges have included university-based nursing programs, as well as education and professional training in municipal waste water, security and waste management programs.