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Our Work

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The Partnership between Avon and The Gambia is celebrating 20 life-changing years of working together. As a direct result of this partnership, The Gambian Government have provided eight new fire stations which means that each division of the country now has fire and rescue cover from Banjul (the capital) to Basse (the largest populated centre over 300 [...]

Our Supporters

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There are many groups and individuals that make our work possible and below we list some information about a few of them. The Avon Fire Authority donate the fire appliances and equipment. All the goods donated have finished their working life here and are of an almost nil value to anyone in the UK but [...]

Our Mission

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The preservation and protection of health by the provision of Fire, Rescue vehicles and equipment to The Gambia enabling them to provide a life saving and humanitarian service. To advance education in relation to all aspects of preserving and protecting health for the benefit of the public of The Gambia. GAFSIP exists firstly because of [...]

What GAFSIP does….

Gambia and Avon Fire Services in Partnership is a Charitable Trust and is the new name for a cooperative venture which has been in existence since 1991 between Avon Fire and Rescue Service and The Gambia Fire and Ambulance Service.

The GAFSIP charities objectives are:

The preservation and protection of health by the provision of Fire, Rescue vehicles and equipment to The Gambia enabling them to provide a life saving and humanitarian service.

To advance education in relation to all aspects of preserving and protecting health for the benefit of the public of The Gambia.

GAFSIP will continue to raise funds by way of corporate and individual donations to enable the charity’s role within The Gambia. The charity will maintain liaison and good relations with the organisations that support our role and objectives, i.e., Avon Fire Authority, Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Local Education Authorities, SerCo and Airbus UK.

GAFSIP will maintain a list of volunteers to visit The Gambia on a voluntary basis for training purposes.

 

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    Fundraising

    The charity only raises money for shipping and occasionally emergency spare parts and we survive on a hand to mouth basis with a small and very loyal band of supporters and a number of local businesses In all 20 years we have achieved our goals without accumulating money, remaining in the black. Many mad initiatives [...]

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    Training

    We maintain a healthy list of volunteer trainers who fund their own visits, which in itself demonstrates commitment and, to date 60 plus members of Avon Fire and Rescue supported by volunteers from Devon & Somerset and Gloucestershire.

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    Ambulance

    GAFSIP also provides essential equipment and training  the The Gambian Ambulance Service

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    Education

    One aspect of our work is to provide equipment for the improvement of educational facilities. The photos below are of Sir Charles Lwanga school in Faji Kunda, a suburb of Serrekunda (the most densely populated area in The Gambia). This school is a current project within Education which we are concentrating on at this time [...]