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Marines Support Fallujah's "First Responders"

Fallujah, Iraq
-- The 4th Civil Affairs Group of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, in coordination with the Fallujah City Fire Chief and the Al Anbar Regional Fire Chief, recently awarded a $150,000 contract to a Fallujan company.

The local company will employ 12 residents, who have agreed to renovate the fire station and to ensure it is fully operational by mid-February.

There are five fire stations within the city; however, this station is the only one that is partially operational. It employs 22 firemen and 10 auxiliary firemen. The building will receive new windows, doors and a generator. It has three operating engines and two in repair. One is a critical powder truck necessary for putting out chemical fires.

Additionally, great strides have been made to improve Fallujah's medical care system.

The Dor al Cement Clinic opened on January 12th. Fallujah General and the Jolan Clinic, although open for business, are undergoing major remodeling.

Fallujah General Hospital's operating rooms will increase from four to six. It will have a 173-bed capacity, new furniture and new equipment including a state-of-the-art internet-based continuing medical education system for doctors.

The Jolan Clinic will receive new windows, doors, a back-up generator, and a kerosene-powered refrigerator for preserving vaccines.

The 4th Civil Affairs Group continues to assist the Interim Iraqi Government in repairing all critical aspects of Fallujah's infrastructure.

Release #050117b

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