The National Fire Service has received a donation of new furniture and equipment for all its branches from the United States Embassy in Belize. Valued at US$113,000 and funded through the U.S. Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Program, the donation will help to improve the fire service's emergency and disaster response. As part of improving the effectiveness of its response to emergencies, the fire department also officially launched its Emergency Dispatch Center at the Belmopan Fire Station.