Two More Winners Announced for 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway

September 26, 2017

One out of 10 fire departments in the U.S. do not have enough personal protective clothing for all of their emergency responders, and almost three-quarters of departments report that some of their personal protective clothing is at least 10 years old, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To better protect our nation’s responders, Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are providing four new sets of state-of-the-art turnout gear to 13 volunteer fire departments in need through the 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway program. The Lowell (VT) Volunteer Fire Department and the Latir Volunteer Fire Department (Questa, NM) are the program’s latest recipients.

The Lowell Volunteer Fire Department is located in northern Vermont near the Canadian border and serves 600 residents over 65 square miles. In addition to regular emergency response activities, the department is also tasked with high-angle rescue services for the 25 wind turbines in town. While all 20 volunteers currently have turnout gear, all sets are over 10 years old and not compliant with recommended safety standards. The department hopes to eventually purchase new gear for all of their members to provide the safety and protection their responders so desperately need. As Assistant Chief Gerry Nick notes, “Four sets [is] a huge start for our replacement goals.”

The Latir Volunteer Fire Department serves a community of 2,000 individuals in northern New Mexico. The department provides protection from wildfires, structural fires, and lightning strikes, as well as conducts safety education in the community. Due to budget cuts, they are struggling to maintain basic equipment and supplies that are vital to sustaining a full-service department. Only 12 of the 19 firefighters on their roster have turnout gear, and all 12 sets of gear are over 10 years old. The donation of four sets of Globe gear will greatly help the department in their efforts to replace torn gear worn by their seasoned volunteers and equip new recruits so they are protected and able to respond.

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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