On Tuesday, March 21 a presentation was made to the Vegreville Rotary Club by 2 firefighters from Edmonton Fire & Rescue Services. As part of a humanitarian mission they are soliciting donations of used firefighter gear and financial support for the mission. The fire departments that they visited have little or no fire gear to protect their citizens. On March 22 at their regular training night, members of the Vegreville Fire Department are pictured with Rotary Club members making a large donation of out of service fire gear. This gear, which is no longer in service with the department, will be shipped to the Ukraine on June 18, 2017 along with donations from Edmonton, Toronto and other departments in the region. The donations are going to the specific regions of Lviv, Ivano-Franivsk, Ternopil, Chernivtsi & Uzhhorod.
“Our department has been blessed with top notch firefighting gear, we take for granted some days that they’re firefighters out there that have nothing to protect themselves and still protect their communities.” Fire Chief Phil Rowe
The Vegreville Fire Department wishes the mission team good luck in their travels to the Ukraine and hope the gear will be well accepted by our Ukrainian brothers and sisters of the fire service.