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Greater Portland and archangel Firefighters participate in a training

A Brotherhood that Spans the Seas: Archangel and Greater Portland Firefighters Strive for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness & Response

Click here to view the original blog on Medium. The strongest bonds are the ones that are forged in times of adversity. It’s no wonder then that the Fire and Rescue professionals of Greater Portland, Maine have such strong relationships with their fellow firefighters—including ones who work over 4,000 miles away in Greater Portland’s sister city: Arkhangelsk (Archangel), Russia. Recently, a team of six Russian firefighters from Archangel, including a Fire Prevention Specialist, a Psychologist for Rescue Service, and two 15 year old rescue cadets studying rescue services visited their counterparts in sister city Greater Portland for a week and a half to attend the annual Maine Fire Chiefs Conference. There, they learned and shared about best practices and strategies in...view

Group picture of Fort Worth and Toluca delegations

Women Leaders from Two Sister Cities Utilize their Friendship to Build Bridges of Greater Understanding

By Anette Soto, Fort Worth Sister Cities International. See the original blog post on Medium. Women from Fort Worth, Texas and Toluca, Mexico came together to host “Women: Engine of Change”—a three-day conference that focused on topics that are important to women from both cities and all over the world. The conference took place April 11 – 13, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas, and was planned by three local organizations (The Women’s Policy Forum of Tarrant County, the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Fort Worth Chapter, and Fort Worth Sister Cities International). “Women in every culture need to be empowered and safe.” -  Judy Harmon, Fort Worth delegation.   Fort Worth and Toluca became Sister Cities in 1998 and have since enjoyed an active partnership which has...view

Fort Lauderdale, Mar del Plata, and Mataro

A Triangle of Sun, Sand, and Innovation: Sister Cities in Argentina, Florida, and Spain Meet to Strengthen Relations

Contributed by Marianne Winfield, Executive Director, Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities, and Oscar García, Chair, Sister Cities Mar del Plata, Argentina. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. In February 2017, Oscar García, Chair of Sister Cities in Mar del Plata, Argentina, was appointed by Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International (GFLSCI) as liaison for GFLSCI between Fort Lauderdale, Argentina and Spain, and recently took a trip to Spain to talk about GFLSCI programs and initiatives.  Mr. García was received at the US Embassy in Madrid by Mr. Christopher Quade, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy, where Mr. García introduced Mr. Quade to several Sister Cities initiatives that GFLSCI is developing around the world, as well as ones...view

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