LA Fire Dept. Foundation is Raising Money to Get Important Firefighting Gear

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November 01, 2019 - 11:04 am

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With the string of fires, the Los Angeles Fire Department has had to deal with over the last month they're looking to replenish equipment needs for crews on the front lines.

Fire Captain Cody Weireter tells KNX the non-profit LA Fire Department Foundation is raising money to get some very important firefighting gear.

"The Foundation's able to go that next step and provide really the latest and greatest equipment that really keeps our firefighters safe not only from all the particulates and the contaminants that we experience while fighting structure fires, but wildland too."

Weireter says a lot of the equipment gets beat up with each fire they respond to. 

The LAFD Foundation is actively seeking funds to equip all 3,300 sworn LAFD members with equipment such as:

PARTICULATE BARRIER HOODS ($75 PER HOOD)
Flame and heat resistant particulate barrier hoods protect the face, head and neck areas with the greatest risk of exposure from harmful contaminants and carcinogenic particulates.

CARCINOGEN-CONTAINMENT GEAR BAGS ($100  PER BAG)
These over-built gear bags are lined with a protective barrier to reduce the spread of carcinogens and toxic particulates for firefighters and their families when transporting contaminated uniforms, boots and gear.  

FIRE SHELTERS ($343 PER SHELTER)
Our goal is to provide every LAFD firefighter with a fire shelter that they carry with them when fighting brush fires. These shelters are used as a last resort for firefighters who become trapped by a wildfire. The fire shelters are designed to reflect radiant heat, protect against convective heat and traps breathable air.​

To help, the Annenberg Foundation and its GROW Initiative, Wallis Annenberg, and the Wasserman Foundation are matching all public donations, up to $200,000. 

You can get more information on how to donate at their website:  https://supportlafd.org