Donations Made to Fire Departments Following Sandy

Firefighters, companies and organizations are reaching out to help.


Superstorm Sandy killed more than 100 people across 10 states and left many fire departments in New York and New Jersey decimated.

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Now, firefighters, companies and organizations across the country are reaching out to help firefighters and other first responders affected by the destructive storm.

The staff of Firehouse.com has combed though the numerous stories of generosity, some of which are shared below.

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Minnesotans Loan Pumper, Donate Gear

The City of Chanhassen, Minn. has loaned a spare pumper truck to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department in Queens.

During Sandy, the department lost two ambulances, two fire engines and several command vehicles.

Chanhassen had planned to sell Engine 22 at the end of 2012, but has now decided to loan it to a fire department in desperate need.

ATS Specialized Inc. in St. Cloud offered to make the $6,000 transport of the rig for free.

Neighboring fire departments worked to fill the truck with items including boots, helmets, air monitors, extrication tools and power supplies.

The Mdewakanton Sioux tribe is also chipping in, sending a truck with close to $20,000 in gear to follow the apparatus.

The rig was expected to arrive in New York City on Nov. 7.

Pennsylvania Fire Company Donates Pumper

A 1981 Mack pumper the Hooversville Volunteer Fire Company hoped to sell for needed revenue is being donated to the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Queens.

"After we saw the devastation, we realized all the money isn't worth anything," Fire Company President Richard B. Lohr told The Tribune-Democrat.

"If you can get somebody's life back to normal or help the fire service provide protection, that's more important than money."

Honeywell Donates Turnout Gear

New Jersey-based manufacturer Honeywell is donating more than $600,000 in turnout gear to aid in relief and recovery efforts in areas devastated by Sandy.

The company is sending more than 19,000 Morning Pride turnout gear products including protective footwear, gloves, hoods and helmets.

The gear will be distributed via the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in Long Island to departments in New York and New Jersey affected by Sandy.

"As the world's leading provider of personal protective equipment, we are deeply committed to worker safety and to helping those on the front lines of rescue and recovery efforts remain safe," Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote said. "Honeywell employees work and live in these communities, these are our own hometowns and we feel a sense of responsibility to support the first responders there."