Partnerships fostered Annapolis Fire Department to donate 26 turnout sets to Honduras Firefighters.
Honduras Compassion Partners is connecting Maryland firefighters with firefighters in La Paz, Honduras to upgrade their equipment and gear.
As a result of their mission, The City of Annapolis Fire Department donated 26 sets of “turnout” gear, of which 10 have already been sent to The Firefighters (Los Bomberos) of The City of La Paz, in Honduras.
“I saw a picture of a set of turnout gear that they were using, and it looked like a yellow raincoat, old and outdated.” said Carrol Spriggs First Responder Liaison for Honduras Compassion Partners.
This donated gear will dramatically improve the way La Paz firefighters are able to respond, combat, and extinguish fires in their town – ultimately saving the lives of citizens and first responders.
“Fire ‘turnout’ gear in the U.S. is regulated under National Fire Protection Standards, and after 10 years, it must be taken out of service,” said Capt. R. Scott Svoboda, spokesman and logistics officer for the Annapolis Fire Department. Svoboda has been rotating out gear accordingly based on the standard and stockpiling it in a storage area. But he’s just about out of space.
“My storage area is bursting at the seams,” he said. “I was going to have to start destroying the gear so that it wouldn’t be confused for new gear and used by a firefighter.”
Brand new, flame retardant “turnout” gear retails at $3,000 a set. And even though it’s reached the end of its shelf life according to the U.S. standard, it’s still in good shape.
“It’s humbling to think that a small town really can make a difference across the world, and that’s exactly what we are doing” says Jeremy Robinson U.S. president for Honduras Compassion Partners. “We are just getting started and are in it for the long haul with these folks. We will continue to meet the needs of the people as they come up.”
In addition to supplying the fire station with upgraded gear, a team of local firefighters are headed to Honduras this November to provide training to the La Paz firefighters. This training will continue to improve the way they are able to care and respond to the people in their community.
For more information about Honduras Compassion Partners and how you can be part of their efforts, visit hondurascompassion.partners or email firstname.lastname@example.org