Proper turnout gear is vital to the safety of firefighters; however, budget restrictions often leave many volunteer departments struggling to outfit their crew with personal protective clothing that meets recommended national safety standards. That’s why Globe by MSA, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are teaming up for the seventh year to provide state-of-the-art turnout gear to volunteer fire departments. Since 2012, Globe and DuPont have provided 402 sets to a total of 82 departments in need.
The application period for the 2018 Globe Gear Giveaway is now open. 13 departments will each receive four sets of new gear, for a total of 52 sets. The first 500 applicants will also receive a one-year NVFC membership, courtesy of Globe.
“Many volunteer fire departments do not have sufficient budgets to properly outfit their members with life-saving gear,” said NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn. “We are grateful to Globe and DuPont for supporting our volunteer fire service through the annual Globe Gear Giveaway to better protect our boots on the ground.”
“Now that Globe is part of the MSA family, we are pleased to continue to support the NVFC with the Globe Gear Giveaway Program in collaboration with our partner DuPont,” said Globe integration director and business lead Tom Vetras. “The mission of MSA and Globe is to help men and women work in safety so that they, their families, and their communities may live in health throughout the world. Our volunteer firefighters deserve nothing less than the very best personal protective equipment.”
“With our commitment to help those protectors who protect us, DuPont is honored to continue working with Globe in support of the NVFC on this much needed gear donation program,” said John Richard, global business director, DuPont Protection Solutions. “It is important to ensure that these brave volunteer firefighters have gear they can count on so they can focus on their job and communities, while having confidence that their gear will perform and help protect them.”
To be eligible to apply for the Globe Gear Giveaway, departments must meet the following criteria:
- be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50 percent)
- serve a population of 25,000 or less
- be located in the U.S. or Canada and legally organized under state/province law
- demonstrate a need for the gear
- department or person applying must be a member of the NVFC. To help departments meet the membership criteria, Globe will provide a complimentary NVFC Membership to the first 500 applicants.
Learn more and apply for Globe gear at www.nvfc.org/globe-gear-giveaway. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2018. Winners will be announced monthly between July and December.