The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) continues to assist with the local and national effort to gather more donated surplus equipment and medical supplies to help first responders in the country of Ukraine.
About five truckloads of gear and supplies have been collected for another shipment abroad which is being organized by Fire Fighter Paramedic Igor Nisis from the Monrovia Fire Department.
Ukraine has been in conflict with Russia since late February and its firefighters have faced shortages in supplies to help provide basic emergency services and fire protection to its citizens and communities.
FFPM Nisis has been collecting items locally, so they can be packaged and sent to Ukrainian first responders. So far, surplus items, such as hoses, nozzles, turnouts, helmets, body armor, and other associated personal protective equipment, have been donated by various public safety agencies.
“This round of donations also included medical supplies like bandages, tourniquets, gloves, wipes, hand sanitizers, and eye protection,” said FFPM Nisis. For FFPM Nisis, this mission is more than just assisting other firefighters in need. “I am Ukrainian, so this is personal for me – and I am so thankful for everyone helping out.”