Houston and Guayaquil, a Genuine Municipal-Community Relationship

In 2017 Houston Council Member Gallegos and HGSCA reactivated the relationship between the Houston and Guayaquil Fire Departments. The relationship was previously facilitated and established 20 years ago by HGSCA. After two years of hard work, the efforts were fruitful and the institutions have strengthened their relationship. Also, the relationship acts as a conduit to encourage cross organizational collaboration and generate collateral benefit to neighboring cities and towns.

“Guayaquil Fire Department received a donation valued at $ 3.6 million from the Houston Fire Department. The donation was facilitated by HGSCA.

Andrew K. Sherr, Consul of the United States and the President of HGSCA in Guayaquil, Xavier Moyano, were present at the official ceremony in which Mayor Cynthia Viteri and GFD Chief, Martín Cucalón received the donation.

Consul Sherr, during his speech, highlighted the work of HGSCA to successfully manage other initiatives in health, education, and trade and business areas.

The donation is the result of the good relationship that we have had for three decades with the Houston Firefighters, HGSCA, and the mayors and councilors of Houston” said Chief Cucalón. He explained that the donation consists of jackets, pants, gloves, helmets, boots, suspenders, masks, harnesses, hoses, life jackets, and more than a thousand portable radios.

On the radios, he announced that 60 will be delivered to the City of Guayaquil security plan. Mayor Viteri was very pleased with the announcement and thanked HGSCA and the GFD for their support. “

I know that more donations and cooperation agreements will come from Houston,” the new elected Mayor said.

During the event, the Fire Brigade gave thanks plates to Xavier Moyano and Andrew K. Sherr. ” El Telegrafo, Guayaquil

“Our organization is very pleased to communicate to its members that today, we are celebrating another successful civic engagement Initiative…” Luis W. Moyano, President of Houston Guayaquil Sister City Association


Andrew Sherr, Consul General of United States in Guayaquil, Chief Samuel Pena,who leads the HFD, Chief Galvan, HFF George Salcedo, HFF Lozano, and Chief Martin Cucalon, who leads the BCBG, were key players in the success of this initiative. They strongly support our sister city program and believe in its mission to use citizen diplomacy to promote peace and goodwill between our communities.

We thank the Houston Fire Department and the Firefighters that make out of this initiative a successful one

  • Moises De La Cruz, Inspector-Public Information Office
  • Mario Gallegos, International Liaison – HFD-Public Affairs
  • George Salcedo – HFF

Luis W. Moyano, President of HGSCA, is taking firm steps to achieve the organization’s goal to become one of the most active sister cities organizations in Houston.

HGSCA invites you to learn more about its mission, vision, and to be part of our organization. The organization promotes diversity and believes in opening its leadership roles to all nationalities. HGSCA uses citizen diplomacy as a way to promote cultural understanding.

Become part of the movement, Become part of HGSCA!


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