Globe Grants Departments in IN and NC Turnout Gear through 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway

November 21, 2017

The Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Company (Coalmont, IN) and the Princeville (NC) Volunteer Fire Department are each receiving four new sets of state-of-the-art turnout gear, compliments of Globe and DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont). The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Globe, and DuPont have been working together since 2012 to annually outfit volunteer fire departments with much-needed personal protective clothing through the Globe Gear Giveaway program. In 2017, a total of 52 sets of turnout gear are being distributed to 13 departments in need.

The Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Company (VFC) is located in Coalmont, IN, and serves a population of 1,600 residents over 42 square miles. Training has been paramount in order to better protect the volunteers, and members are certified at the Firefighter II level. The department has outgrown its 50-year-old station and needs to upgrade its equipment, vehicles, attack and supply lines, communications systems, and training props. The department is in desperate need of new gear as well. Twelve of its 18 members have gear that is over 10 years old and does not meet national safety standards.

Despite these growing needs, the company continues to provide invaluable services to the community, including public safety scholarships for graduating seniors, fire prevention and life safety education, smoke alarm donation and installation programs, and more. This award from Globe will help offset Lewis Township VFC’s financial needs, improve the safety of its volunteers, and allow department members to continue to give back, not only to their community, but also to surrounding departments who rely on them for critical training.

The Princeville Volunteer Fire Department is located roughly 60 miles from the Atlantic Coast in Princeville, NC. In 2016 the department lost everything – including its fire station and all of the gear that it owned – after being hit by Hurricane Matthew, a Category 5 storm. Princeville responders performed over 40 water rescues during the storm, and in the aftermath, the town was flooded from the Tar River. The department is currently operating out of a tent behind the remains of the station, which will soon be demolished.

The department’s 28 volunteers protect 12,000 residents in the town and surrounding county. While they were able to acquire 20 sets of gear, all are over 10 years old and noncompliant with NFPA standards. Before the disaster, the department was very proactive in teaching fire prevention year-round in the schools, churches, daycares, and apartment complexes throughout the fire district. Still in recovery from the hurricane’s destruction, the volunteers remain committed to their community. “The Princeville Volunteer Fire Department cannot fail the town,” said Chief James Powell. “Despite losing everything, we must continue to operate and move forward. This gift of turnout gear will greatly enhance our recovery.”

The final awards in the 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway will be announced in December. In addition to the gear donation, Globe also provided NVFC memberships to the first 500 applicants.

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