Globe, DuPont, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) partnered in 2013 to give away 51 sets of gear to 14 volunteer fire departments in need across the U.S. The Globe Gear Giveaway Program provides struggling volunteer departments with much-needed gear to help improve the safety and protection of their firefighters.
This was the second year for the program. In 2012, Globe launched the Gear Giveaway Program as part of its 125th anniversary celebration. The program was a way to say thank you to the first responders who selflessly devote their time and risk their own safety to protect their communities. In all, 144 sets of gear were distributed to 16 volunteer fire departments across the United States and Canada. Because of the outpouring of interest in the program, Globe expanded the partnership with DuPont and the NVFC to continue giving away sets of gear in 2013, this time to NVFC members who demonstrated great need.
“Thanks to the support of Globe and DuPont, a total of 30 fire departments have received 195 sets of gear since the giveaway program began,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “The NVFC is proud to partner with Globe and DuPont to help these volunteer fire departments improve their safety and protect their members. This program has had a significant impact on departments that can’t afford to purchase necessary equipment for their firefighters.”
Volunteer departments are often dealing with inadequate budgets and limited resources. Firefighters have to make do with gear that is decades old, ill-fitting, overly worn, and that do not meet current safety standards. Globe teamed up with DuPont and the NVFC to help meet the gear needs of some of the country’s struggling departments. Through a competitive application process, the program targets all-volunteer departments serving a population of 25,000 or less in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate a significant need for gear that they cannot meet on their own.
“Every day, thousands of volunteer firefighters place themselves in harm’s way in the performance of their fire and rescue duties,” said Rob Freese, Senior VP of Marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “We’re pleased and honored to be able to give back to some of the many volunteer fire departments with limited resources by improving the safety of their members with the most advanced turnout gear.”
The following departments each received new gear as part of the 2013 Globe Gear Donation Program:
- Axtell Volunteer Fire & Rescue (NE)
- Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department (ID)
- East Dixfield Fire Department (ME)
- East Glacier Park Volunteer Fire Department (MT)
- Golden City Fire & Rescue (AR)
- Green Valley Volunteer Fire Department (WV)
- Happy Jack Fire Services (AZ)
- Jackson Township Fire Department (IN)
- Jasper Volunteer Fire Department (VA)
- Jefferson Township Fire Department (OH)
- Lilbourn Volunteer Fire Department (MO)
- Monroe Hose Company (PA)
- Mossville Volunteer Fire Department (MS)
- Woodbury Heights Fire Department (NJ)
Stay tuned to the NVFC web site at www.nvfc.org for information on the 2014 Globe Gear Giveaway Program.