San Jose to donate safety equipment to first responders in Ukraine
San Jose officials announced Thursday that the city will donate more than $1 million in safety equipment to first responders in Ukraine.
The city plans to send 373 SCBA air packs, 600 mask-mounted regulators, 183 cylinders of air and several hundred SCBA masks to relief organizations Nova Ukraine and Firefighter Air Ukraine.
The two organizations will then distribute the equipment to firefighters and first responders across Ukraine as the country continues to battle the Russian military invasion.
“This is a country that is in critical need of our support and help,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Thursday during a briefing to announce the equipment donation. “And I’m grateful that San Jose can play a small part in that effort.”
The equipment will come from the San Jose Fire Department, according to the city. Self-contained breathing apparatus are often used to protect firefighters from toxic fumes.
According to Nova Ukraine, the country’s firefighters are currently working to put out hundreds of fires every day.
“(Firefighters) have dedicated our lives to helping others, often at great personal risk,” said SJFD Deputy Chief James Williams. “We know our fellow firefighters in Ukraine are facing dire circumstances as we speak.”
Information on how to donate to Ukrainian humanitarian organizations.
“More than anything, organizations like Nova Ukraine need dollars,” Liccardo said. “Dollars that can immediately be used to provide what is most needed, whether it is food, materials or other support. We therefore encourage all members of our community to give generously.