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Driving a fire truck for seven days may seem like an odd way to take a road trip. But Bert Toornstra and Dirk Velthuizen were men on a mission. Headed for a mission outreach, that is, in Vicente Guerroro, Mexico.

They drove a 1980 Fire Pump truck donated by the city of Edmonton, Alberta, to replace the town’s only fire truck, a 1961 model.

Toornstra, a retired senior fire captain, and Velthuizen are both members of Maranatha Christian Reformed Church in Edmonton. They stayed in fire halls along the way, then spent two days in Mexico training volunteer firefighters.

“The truck is an answered prayer for the mission in Guerroro and really means a lot to the people there. We’re just glad we were able to help them out a bit,” said Toornstra.

Pictured are Velthuizen (far left, standing) and Toornstra (third from left) with several volunteer firefighters.

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