AFD, Dinges Fire Company hold drive bringing in more than $5 million in equipment for Ukraine 

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AMBOY – Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, most of the world has offered assistant to the suffering country.

The Amboy Fire Department, Dinges Fire Company, and many other organizations in Illinois have been part of the aid.

In a drive beginning May 21, over $5 million worth of equipment was sent from AFD, Dinges Fire Company, Polo, Rock Falls, Dixon, Moline, Cambridge, Wisconsin, Larga, Indiana, Denver, Indiana, and 12 Mile Indiana.

“We have been doing this program since May after the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” AFD Chief Jeff Bryant Sr. said. “I have met three Kharkiv Fire Chiefs and hearing their incidents since the invasion, and understanding their needs, it continues to inspire more fire departments to assist in this equipment drive. It is amazing the support we get to carry out this project in a small Illinois community.”

The equipment sent by the United States’ fire companies no longer meet the National Fire Protection Association regulations because older items are listed out of compliance.

However, outside of the USA, there isn’t a compliance issue.

The items sent to Poland to warehouse for the Ukrainian Fire Service at the end of September included: 81 air bottles, four vehicle rescue braces, a rescue airbag kit with a controller, lines, regulator, and bags, five search lights, a box of MSA mask parts, 24 equipment bags, 120 pairs of gloves, 50 hoods, four KID systems, 100 MSA charcoal filters, one TLC, 16 APR respirators, two RIT bags, seven medical bags, 11 tech rescue backpacks, a 2.5 inch fog nozzle, 29 fire helmets, 52 air packs, 76 pairs of structure boots, one rabbit jack, 25 EMT tops, 22 EMT bottoms, 75 MSA masks, five drager masks, 167 bunker pants, and 178 bunker coats.

With $5 million worth of equipment being sent in September, Ukrainian donations have reached $7 million from the Amboy Fire Department, Dinges Fire Company, and the other generous donation providers. 

Another drive has started and will conclude July 1.

Needed supplies include structural fire PPE, fire protective hoods, firefighter protective helmets, jackets, pants, boots, gloves, and goggles, fire resistant suit thermal radiation 1000 degree heat resistant, portable scene lighting, individual flashlights, analog and digital UHF radios and base stations, safety harnesses, climbing equipment systems, ropes, blocks, hand tools, SCBA complete set, rescue chainsaw, K12 rescue saw, battery-operated cutting tool, battery-powered and hydraulic rescue tools such as spreaders, cylinders, cutters, and combi tools, rescue struts, rescue airbags, heavy machinery such as crane manipulator and heavy tow truck, and fire apparatus and ambulances.

To make arrangements for a donation, contact Bryant Sr. at jeffbryant@amboyfire.com or 815-994-6184.