Departments in Arizona and Missouri are Latest Winners in Globe Gear Giveaway

September 30, 2015

For the fourth year, Globe, DuPont, and the NVFC have partnered to assist volunteer fire departments obtain much-needed gear to enhance the safety and efficiency of their firefighters. Since the program began in 2012, 255 sets of gear have been awarded to 45 all-volunteer or mostly volunteer departments in the U.S. and Canada that have demonstrated significant need. Additional awards are being made monthly through December.

Pinal Rural Fire Rescue (PRFR) serves an economically-depressed rural area of 1,500 residents within a 305-square-mile response area around Mammoth, AZ. Their mission is to provide modern, state-of-the-art fire and EMS services to an area that was previously unprotected by any fire district. Due to the region’s economic situation, the department cannot rely on donations to help fund its services. In addition, the prevalence of home foreclosures in the area has increased significantly and the majority of homeowners live in older, unmaintained dwellings that have a greater potential for fire hazards. All but one of the PRFR’s 17 sets of gear are over 10 years old, and many of these sets aren't a complete ensemble, endangering the volunteers who use them.

“These new turnouts will be a welcome sight and greatly appreciated − giving my people confidence that they can do their jobs more safely,” said PRFR Chief Rod Prast. “It will allow us to provide direct response and support in our own community as well as to our neighboring fire districts.”

The Roby (MO) Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) operates three stations that provide fire protection and medical response to 1,200 households over 155 square miles. Their 18 personnel strive to make themselves and the department stronger by attending and paying for their own fire and EMS classes, including Firefighter I and II. However, with all of their current gear more than 10 years old, these students must borrow gear to continue in class. This also means that their response efforts have to be of a defensive nature, providing interior firefighting at structural fires only in extreme circumstances. Even with these limitations and additional recent financial setbacks, the RVFD firefighters remain dedicated and have even increased their staffing at calls while lowering their response time.

“These four sets of Globe turnout gear will go far in allowing for interior firefighting, which is necessary for life-saving rescue as well as reducing fire-related loss,” said RVFD aide Terry Johnson. “The gear will also permit continued training, which helps us advance ourselves and offer the best quality service to our District.”

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