GLENDALE–The city of Ghapan will soon be the owner of a shiny red paramedic truck. Glendale City Mayor Bob Yousefian officially handed the keys of a Glendale Fire Department paramedic van to representatives of the Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association (GGSCA) on October 10 during the city’s annual Unity Fest–a cultural event which celebrates the city’s diverse population with multicultural activities.
The paramedic truck was donated to the GGSCA as a gesture of partnership and cooperation between the sister cities. The cities of Glendale–California and Ghapan–Armenia became official sister cities in December of 2002. The non-profit Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association was established in 2003 to cultivate economic cooperation and cultural interchange between the cities of Glendale and Ghapan. The GGSCA pursues programs–projects–and opportunities that foster goodwill and understanding–as well as cultural–educational–and economic cooperation between the people of the sister cities.
"I truly appreciate that Glendale city officials realize the importance of Glendale’s alliance with Ghapan. We are grateful to the city and its fire department for their kind offer," said Arpi Andonian–Executive Board Member of the GGSCA. "Ghapan will make great use of this paramedic truck."
Glendale officials got first hand knowledge of Ghapan’s infrastructure needs when they visited Armenia in October of 2003. While there–members of the official delegation–which included representatives of the city council–the city management–the Glendale Unified School District–and the Glendale Community College–had the opportunity to visit Ghapan’s hospital and fire department. Ghapan’s hospital and its 85 firefighters serve the city of more than 45,000 residents and its surrounding 31 villages.
"This fully-functional paramedic truck–formerly operated by the Glendale Fire Department–will definitely enhance the rapid response capabilities of the emergency services units in Ghapan," commented Artin Manoukian–Chairperson of the Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association. "It gives us great pleasure to take this step toward further developing our ongoing partnership with Ghapan."
The GGSCA works closely with the United Armenia Fund to deliver materials and goods to Ghapan. The United Armenia Fund (UAF)–which generously donates its services to GGSCA–will transport the paramedic truck to Armenia within a couple of months. The truck is scheduled to be operational in Ghapan in 2005.
Ghapan is located in the Syunik region of Armenia. For more information about Ghapan or the Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association–please call (818) 828-8882.