The Golden Fire Department has found a way to take some of their outdated equipment, and put it to good use.
“All of our equipment has a strict end date,” said Fire Chief Ken McClure. “But other countries have different standards and policies, and they can still get some use out of it.”
The department has donated 18 self-contained breathing apparatus to Firefighters Without Borders Canada.
The organization lends a helping hand to developing countries by delivering equipment, training, or financial aid to emergency service organizations with a demonstrated need.
More than 90 per cent of those affected by natural and human-caused disasters (such as fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and landslides), live in developing countries, yet their emergency services are often poorly equipped.
The breathing apparatus from Golden could go to help as many as five countries.