A FIRE engine named after a former firefighter is on its way to South America.
The decommissioned fire engine, owned by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, is the fifth to be donated to the International Fire and Rescue Association, but the first to be named by the service as part of a handover ceremony.
It will bear the name of Michael Waite, an officer in the training department. Mr Waite, of Blyth, died of cancer while serving with the fire brigade.
Assistant chief fire officer Paul Hedley said: “When the IFRA offered us the opportunity to name the fire engine that we had decided to donate to Paraguay, it seemed a very fitting tribute to dedicate it to the memory of Michael.
“I’m sure he would be delighted to know a fire engine bearing his name will be used to improve the service in another country.
“We were particularly pleased that members of Mick’s family were in attendance and that Mick’s son Ryan was able to hand over the fire engine keys to IFRA.”
The 18-year-old engine had been based at various fire stations around the county.