Final Three Recipients of MSA and DuPont’s 2022 Globe Gear Giveaway Announced
December 6, 2022
Volunteer fire departments in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and South Dakota have been selected as the final three recipients in this year’s MSA and DuPont’s Globe Gear Giveaway. The giveaway, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), provides state-of-the-art turnout gear and helmets to fire departments in need. The first 500 applicants also received a one-year NVFC membership, courtesy of MSA.
The Hose Company No. 1 (Honesdale, PA), Hurst (IL) Fire Department, and New Elm Spring Fire Department (Ethan, SD) will each receive four new sets of turnout gear and four helmets. These donations wrap up the 2022 giveaway, in which a total of 52 sets of turnout gear and 52 helmets were awarded to 12 fire departments in the United States and one department in Canada. This annual program has been providing new gear to enhance the safety and protection of volunteer responders since 2012. Learn about the latest recipients below.
Hose Company No. 1
Hose Company No. 1, part of the Honesdale Fire Department, is a volunteer-run fire company in rural northeast Pennsylvania. It is responsible for a 45-square-mile radius, including an urbanized center with a courthouse, hospital, retirement/assisted living facilities, two malls, and more. The department responds to not only structural fires, but also to natural disasters, helicopter landing zones, water emergencies, automobile accidents, natural cover fires, locating lost persons, traffic control, and assisting police and ambulance personnel.
Despite the department’s long list of responsibilities, many members are either using gear that is over 10 years old, or simply do not have any. A limited tax base and lack of donations restrain the ability to purchase new gear. This conflicts with the fire company’s mission to provide fire, rescue, and emergency services with the utmost safety while ensuring the well-being and preparedness of all members.
Deputy Chief Brian Dulay says the department will take good care of the awarded gear. “This equipment will be used for many years to come with dependable reliability and nominal costs to operate,” he remarked. “We are diligent to clean and maintain our equipment annually, per suggested guidelines.”
Hurst Fire Department
Hurst Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire and EMS provider in rural Williamson County, Illinois. The county is home to a railway and state highway, both of which pose safety hazards to its 1,100 residents. In addition to protecting its own population, the department provides mutual aid coverage for the county’s fire protection district and six neighboring departments.
Over half of the department’s volunteers use gear that is nearly 20 years old and non-compliant with NFPA standards. The department’s strict budget makes it difficult to execute large purchases, such as those for new gear.
Fire Chief Thomas Gottschalk says the new gear awarded from the giveaway will “allow our department’s PPE to become that much closer to being fully NFPA compliant. Compliance is key to every department throughout our country, but tight budgets make that very difficult.”
New Elm Spring Fire Department
Located in the rural town of Ethan, South Dakota, New Elm Spring Fire Department is run entirely by volunteers. It is responsible for 250 square miles, which includes five communities. Within those communities are large industrial farms storing chemicals and pasture ranges that pose a serious wildfire risk. The closest mutual aid is miles away.
Of the 17 active members, 10 are using turnout gear that is over 15 years old, and seven do not have any. This interferes with training, and thus affects the quality of protection residents receive. The prospect of obtaining new gear has long seemed unlikely, as the lack of funding makes even covering maintenance costs difficult.
According to department secretary Rick Tschetter, this donation of new gear means increased safety for local residents. “Some of our members don’t have adequate gear to complete some levels of training,” he explained. “[With] this donation, more members [will] be able to complete the training, and [we] can then keep our community members safer.”
Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the Globe Facebook page, for a full wrap-up of the 2022 gear donation program as well as information on the 2023 application period.
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