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First Responder Equipment Donation Port-au-Prince, Haiti March 26, 2010 The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 devastated the country’s already strained public safety capacity. Firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and others responded immediately. They worked tirelessly but lacked the equipment, training, personnel and resources needed to do their jobs well. The international community responded to the crisis and provided exceptional emergency relief. The emergency relief effort has passed and rebuilding is underway in some sectors. Haitian public safety services, however, remain in dire straights. The only fire station in the city of Port-au-Prince, along with most of their equipment, was completely devastated in the earthquake. As a result, they have no way to effectively operate or perform essential safety functions. Emergency medical supplies are still scarce due to the massive amounts of injured people coupled with the prevalence of disease. ElectricitÊ d'Haïti (EDH), the national power company, is completely overwhelmed and underequipped in their effort to restore some of the power supply. All of these services are especially critical in the post-earthquake Haiti due to the one million displaced people in 600 resettlement camps. Ramshackle structures and fire-based cooking make them highly susceptible to sweeping, deadly fires. Displaced persons regularly die in similar IDP camp fire incidents all over the world. The coming rains and hurricane season will also bring flooding, additional structural collapse, downed power lines, mudslides and additional causalities. Protect the Force and its partners were pleased to be able to help. Together they organized, delivered and donated two full shipping containers loaded with essential, lifesaving


equipment valued at over $600,000. The Port-au-Prince City and Airport Fire Departments received Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses, protective masks, eyewear, filters and gas detection equipment from Scott Health and Safety; firefighter boots, gloves, clothing and equipment from Honeywell First Responder and Honeywell Safety Products; large emergency incident pneumatic tents from Hurst Jaws of Life/ Vetter; and turnout gear from Tencate Protective Fabrics. David Doherty from the Associated Public Health Labs (APHL) collected multiple truck loads of protective overgarments from Kappler and respiratory protective masks with filters from Scott Health and Safety. They immediately distributed it all to Haitian hospitals and clinics. EDH power line service workers were also presented with multiple truck loads of equipment. From Honeywell’s electrical safety product’s company Salisbury, they received safe rainwear and gloves. Hardhats and protective eyewear were provided by Scott Health and Safety. The fire departments, medical and electrical workers all received field pants from Crye Precision and work gloves from Ironclad. These two items were a huge success not only with the Haitian organizations but also with Air Force personnel who used the Ironclad gloves this same day to begin loading some of their equipment for shipment back to bases in the US. The companies listed above shared the expenses for shipping, transportation, satellite communications and customs. Several other


organizations provided essential support. SourceOne Distributers, in Wellington Florida, provided warehouse space and logistics support. The non-profit International Firefighters Assistance organization helped PTF network with and understand the Haitian public safety community. “Thanks especially though for the tremendous support from the US Air Force. Without their help, none of this would have been possible,” said Clay Williamson, Protect the Force President. The Air Force firefighters at the PaP International Airport provided logistics, extensive labor, translation assistance and security for the donation. Staff Sgt. Colin Cathrew, normally from McGuire Air Force Base, was quoted in the military’s press release as saying:“With us being in the fire department, we’re helping the Haitian fire fighters not only with this gear but we’re also providing them with training. So not only will they have the gear they need, they also have the knowledge to use it. It’s very fulfilling,” Cathrew said. “Later that evening on the other side of the city, we saw EDH workers wearing the equipment we issued that same day” said Williamson. “It feels great. It’s been quite a challenge getting this much equipment here but we are extremely happy to be able to help.”


Haiti Product Donation  

Haiti Product Donation

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