Los Angeles County firefighters send additional protective gear to Ukrainian first responders as war drags on

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) – Los Angeles County fire crews are sending some of their extra gear to firefighters in Ukraine.

The plane carrying this much-needed excess equipment, such as hoses, nozzles, switches, helmets, body armor and other personal protective equipment, is scheduled to take off on Friday.

This first-responder-to-first-responder assistance for Ukraine is a nationwide effort as agencies across the United States gather equipment and supplies to send overseas. In Southern California, the LA County Fire Department led the effort after an organization called the First-in Fire Foundation made contact Tuesday.

As the war in Ukraine drags on, first responders in the beleaguered country are facing shortages of supplies to help provide basic emergency services and fire protection to its communities.

The fire department worked with LA County, LA City Fire Department and the National Guard to recover excess equipment from storage.

As the LA County Fire Department has sent donations for tsunamis, hurricanes and other disasters, Chief Daryl Osby believes this is the first time the department has sent donations to a country in time. of war.

“We are extremely proud to help our firefighter brothers and sisters in Ukraine because we know how dangerous it is to fight fires with full gear,” Osby said. “We’ve never had the experience of doing that in a war. So whatever we can do to help them, to enable them to protect the lives and property of their fellow citizens, we’re on board.”

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“Everyone wants to know what we can do to support these brave citizens of Ukraine who, you know, are risking their lives to save their country, and I think, I think the people of LACounty are going to appreciate this leader,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn. “And they will be able to say ‘we are part of a county that has really stepped up and done something tangible to help those who are fighting this war there. “”

A private jet will transport the supplies to Poland, then they will be sent to their final destination in Ukraine.

To find out how to help Ukrainian refugees and relief efforts, click here.

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