Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the second round of winners in the 2014 Globe Gear Giveaway. This is the third year that Globe has partnered with DuPont and the NVFC to provide volunteer departments with critically needed sets of turnout gear. The Cape Ferrelo Rural Fire Protection District (Brookings, OR) and the Stratton (CO) Volunteer Fire Department will each receive four sets of new, state-of-the-art Globe turnout gear.
“We are pleased to announce two more recipients in the 2014 Globe Gear Giveaway,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “This program provides needed safety gear to departments that otherwise cannot afford to properly protect their firefighters. We thank Globe and DuPont for their generosity and foresight in making this remarkable investment in the safety and well-being of firefighters across the nation.”
The 2014 program will provide a total of 52 sets of turnout gear to 13 departments who demonstrate a need for gear. To be eligible to apply, departments had to be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized in the U.S. or Canada, and be a member of the NVFC. To help departments meet this last requirement, Globe sponsored NVFC Department Memberships for the first 200 non-members to apply.
The Cape Ferrelo Rural Fire Protection District in Brookings, OR, is a small department in a very rural area. All 10 of the volunteer firefighters make do with gear that is over 10 years old and does not meet current safety standards. The department has worked to update their equipment through fundraising efforts, but has not been able to meet the need on their own. The donation of the four sets of Globe gear will provide increased safety to the department’s firefighters so they can more effectively respond to their community’s needs.
The Stratton Volunteer Fire Department, located in Stratton, CO, has 24 members that respond to a variety of emergencies. In addition to training for motor vehicle accidents and fires, the volunteers have formed a technical rescue team focused on high angle rescue and confined space rescue so they can better serve the many farmers and local grain elevators within their coverage area. Currently, many of the firefighters wear turnout gear that does not fit right or is over 10 years old. The new Globe gear will help more of Stratton’s firefighters be better prepared and protected for the next emergency.
Additional awards will be made each month through December. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and page on Facebook, as well as the Globe page on Facebook, for additional award announcements and information regarding the Globe Gear Giveaway Program.