Winnipeg Fire-Paramedic Service Fire Chief Wants to Donate Used Fire Gear

The Winnipeg Fire-Paramedic Service wants to donate used turnout gear to Firefighters Without Borders.

The gear includes protective pants and coats. National standards prohibit Winnipeg, and other Canadian fire departments, from using the equipment once its 10 years old.

“Much of this equipment would be useful to fire services in developing countries that don’t subscribe to (National Fire Protection Agency) standards and have little or no fire-fighting equipment of their own,” said Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane. “This is a win-win that benefits the receiving agencies and keeps the gear out of the landfill.”

Firefighters Without Borders would handle the cost of the transportation and delivery of the gear to fire departments around the world, so there would be no cost to the city.

The WFPS budgets approximately $550,000 per year for new turnout gear, for new hires and for replacement of “expired” equipment.

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