Two More Recipients Announced in 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway

August 29, 2017

Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have been working together since 2012 to provide new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to volunteer fire departments in need. The latest recipients of the 2017 Giveaway are the Louise Fire Department (Manitoba, Canada) and Graniteville Volunteer Fire/Rescue (Nevada City, CA). Each department will receive four sets of new gear, compliments of Globe and DuPont.

The Louise Fire Department is located in Crystal City, Manitoba. Their 32 volunteer firefighters protect a population of 1,900 in the rural municipality of Louise, which is 360 square miles. Each volunteer is currently equipped with gear, but seven sets are more than 15 years old, and 22 sets are nine years old. The department has been successful at recruiting new members by increasing their training methods and creating stronger morale and excitement about being a volunteer firefighter; however, they understand that there can be a negative effect when a recruit is faced with donning PPE that is outdated and non-compliant to safety standards. Their goal is to be able to continue to create momentum and stronger comradery in their membership by ensuring they have the right equipment to support their members in their duties.

“Our department, much like many others, is made up of farmers, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, mechanics, business owners, mothers, and fathers. We believe strongly that we need to provide the best opportunity for them to return home safely from every call. Effective PPE is the first step to ensure that happens,” said Louise Fire Captain Curtis MacKinnon.

Graniteville Volunteer Fire/Rescue provides structure and emergency protection to the Graniteville townsite in Nevada City, CA, and the surrounding 80 square mile recreational area in the Sierra Nevada. At an elevation of 5,000 feet, the community is an hour removed from mutual aid companies and has a very spread out population. The department currently has eight firefighters but only four sets of gear, all of which are more than 10 years old. The four sets were given to the department through the efforts of one of their volunteers, who was employed at an oil refinery. The gear is stained by refinery products from fire incidents, and this has concerned the volunteers due to the possible carcinogens fused into the fabric. The gear donation from the Globe Gear Giveaway will provide the department’s members with desperately needed protective equipment, enabling them to safely serve their community.

Additional awards through the Globe Gear Giveaway will be made monthly throughout 2017. A total of 52 sets of gear will be distributed to 13 departments in need. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and Facebook page, as well as the Globe Facebook page, for additional information and announcements regarding the Globe Gear Giveaway.

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