MSA’s Globe Gear Giveaway Program

The 2020 application period will open soon. Recipients will be announced from July through December. 

Since 2012, Globe by MSA, DuPont, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to provide state-of-the-art turnout gear to fire departments in need. In 2020, MSA will donate a total of 52 sets of turnout gear and 52 helmets (four per department) to 13 all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer fire departments in the U.S. and Canada.

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Criteria

To be eligible to apply, departments must meet the following criteria:

  • Departments must be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%).
  • Departments must serve a population of 25,000 or less.
  • Department must be located in the United States or Canada and be legally organized under state/province law.
  • Individual applying on behalf of the department or department chief must be a member of the NVFC. Learn about member benefits and join at www.nvfc.org/join. (Note: MSA will provide complimentary NVFC memberships to the first 500 applicants.)
  • Departments must demonstrate a need for the gear.
  • Only one application will be accepted per department. Any subsequent applications received for that department will be disqualified.
  • Departments who receive the donated items must use them for the benefit of their department and not for any other purpose; cannot be resold.
  • Departments who receive gear and helmets agree that their department name, details from application essay, and photo may be used in media by MSA, DuPont, and the NVFC for the purposes of promoting the donation program.

Applicants that do not meet the stated criteria will be disqualified from the application process.

Application

The application period will open in February 2020.

Selection Process

After the application period ends, an expert panel selected by the NVFC will review the applications. 13 winning departments will be selected to receive four sets of turnouts and four helmets each. Two to three winners will be announced each month between July and December. Winners will be contacted directly before the public announcement is made.

Program Background

The Jacobstown (NJ) Fire Company was among the recipients in the MSA’s 2019 Globe Gear Giveaway.

Volunteer firefighters selflessly devote their time and risk their own safety to protect their communities. Yet many volunteer fire departments struggle to provide the gear and equipment necessary to keep their personnel safe. Departments are forced to make do with an inadequate amount of turnouts or with worn-out, non-compliant gear they can’t afford to replace.

As the world’s largest and most trusted manufacturer of structural firesuits in the world, Globe by MSA is giving back to first responders in need through MSA’s Globe Gear Giveaway program. The program launched in 2012 when Globe partnered with DuPont and the NVFC to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary by giving away turnout gear to volunteer departments in the U.S. and Canada who demonstrated their need. With the success of the 2012 program and the high demand among departments for gear, Globe, DuPont, and the NVFC created this annual gear giveaway program.

In 2018, the NVFC began asking program applicants if their department had boots, gloves, helmets, and hoods for all of their firefighters. Nearly 50 percent of 2018 recipients indicated that they did not. To help address this issue, MSA donated four helmets to each winning department for the first time in 2019 and will continue to do so in 2020.

2019 also marked over $1 million worth of gear that has been donated to volunteer fire departments since the inception of the program. In total, 507 sets of turnout gear and 52 helmets have been awarded to 108 departments in need.

Gear Recipients
Scroll over the green dots to see which departments have received a gear donation. Click on the dot to view a photo (if available).

 

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Shirley, NVFC Program Manager, at lori@nvfc.org or 202-887-5700 ext. 125.

Program Partners

About MSA

Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, 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 the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, 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 2018 revenues of $1.4 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,800 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.

About DuPont Personal Protection

DuPont Personal Protection is a business unit of DuPont Safety & Construction. From first responders to industrial workers, DuPont provides a wide range of personal protection solutions including some of the most trusted and innovative brands in the industry, such as Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek®, and Tychem® to meet your safety needs. More information can be found at www.personalprotection.dupont.com.

About DuPont Safety & Construction

DuPont Safety & Construction is a global leader in delivering innovation for life’s essential needs in water, shelter and safety; enabling its customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale and iconic brands including DuPont™ Corian®, Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek®, GreatStuff™, Styrofoam™ and Filmtec®.

About the NVFC
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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.