The Star Tribune reported yesterday that a 22-year-old, 500-gallon firetruck was shipped to Eldoret, Kenya, from Minneapolis. Authorities from International Leadership Institute said Eldoret does not have equipment at their fire department, they hope the Minneapolis's retired firetruck will fill the gap. The institute is raising money for sending Minneapolis firefighters to Eldoret so that they teach Kenyans new techniques that will help in firefighting.
By reporting about the truck that landed recently in Kenya from Minneapolis, the story has immediacy. It is also important because it has an impact and relevance for the thousands of East Africans living in Minneapolis. The story has, as well, proximity because the truck was owned by Minneapolis for 22 years.