Final Recipients of MSA and DuPont’s 2023 Globe Gear Giveaway Announced
December 19, 2023
The final three recipients of MSA and DuPont’s 2023 Globe Gear Giveaway, conducted in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), have been selected. The Bell County Volunteer Fire Department (Pineville, KY), Broadway (VA) Volunteer Fire Department Inc., and Scotts Hill (TN) Fire Department will each receive four new sets of turnout gear and four helmets to help keep their crew safe.
These donations wrap up the 2023 giveaway, in which a total of 52 sets of turnout gear and 52 helmets were awarded to 13 volunteer fire departments across the United States and Canada. The first 500 applicants also received a one-year NVFC membership, courtesy of MSA. This is the 12th year the program has been offered to help resource-constrained departments and keep volunteer firefighters safer, more protected, and better prepared for emergency response.
Bell County Volunteer Fire Department
Bell County Volunteer Fire Department in Pineville, KY, is made up of 72 volunteers who believe that helping their neighbors is the right, and necessary, thing to do. When they’re not running calls, you may find members installing smoke alarms in the homes of community members for free.
While each volunteer has the desire and drive to show up for community members during their most trying times, the department’s inadequate supply of personal protective equipment has made it challenging to do so. Members are sometimes unable to respond to calls due to a lack of turnout gear, and training can be difficult as they need to share gear. When firefighters’ gloves are lost or too worn out to use, they often need to wear two gloves of different sizes.
The donated gear, said battalion chief Viola Howard, will allow members who have previously had to sit out on calls “to respond, and [will] make them a better firefighter than they already are.”
Broadway Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
A crew of 50 volunteers serve the 157-square-mile response area of the Broadway (VA) Volunteer Fire Department Inc. The department receives more than 1,000 calls per year, with incidents ranging from transportation accidents to hazmat emergencies. In addition, the department provides mutual aid to seven fire departments across two counties.
While the department makes every effort to supply its members with compliant personal protective equipment, limited funding has made it difficult to do so. A priority system had to be established, with Firefighter 1-certified members being first in line to receive NFPA-compliant gear. This has impacted recruitment initiatives as new members often have to use turnout gear that is more than 10 years old.
“If awarded,” wrote Chief Josh Lohr in the department’s application, “this [donation] would greatly assist in our efforts to provide compliant gear to personnel currently lacking [it].”
Scotts Hill Fire Department
Located in southwest Tennessee, the Scotts Hill Fire Department is made up of 25 volunteers who serve a population of nearly 900. The all-volunteer department is very involved in its community; it runs a smoke alarm program, provides fire education at schools, and helps local businesses develop fire plans. Calls vary from structure fires to vehicle accidents and medical emergency calls.
Department members are currently using personal protective equipment that has been handed down several times. The gear is showing its age via worn cuffs, torn buckles, and colorized shields; this has created apprehension amongst responders when on-scene and in training.
The donation, said planning director David Austin, “will take some stress off the responders that attain the new gear and [they] will feel safer when they go into the unsafe environment of a structure on fire.”
Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch enewsletter, and Facebook and X pages, as well as the Globe Facebook page, for a full wrap-up of the 2023 gear donation program as well as information on the 2024 application period.
About Globe Manufacturing Company and MSA Safety
Globe Manufacturing Company, a leader in fire service protective clothing, is a subsidiary of MSA Safety Incorporated. Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products and solutions that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, software, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company’s comprehensive product line is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including fire service, the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, construction, industrial manufacturing applications, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, utilities, mining and the military. MSA’s core products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, firefighter helmets and protective apparel, and fall protection devices. With 2022 revenues of $1.5 billion, MSA employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes approximately half of its revenue from outside North America. For more information visit MSA’s web site at www.MSAsafety.com.
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About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.