EASST donates vital PPE to the Ukrainian State Emergency Services

News, Ukraine

Following on from EASST’s recent projects with FIRE AID, to coordinate donations of more than 40 decommissioned fire and rescue service vehicles and thousands of items of equipment, we have now sent a further 4,000 items of crucial PPE to the Ukrainian State Emergency Services.

The items worth over €20,000 have been kindly donated to EASST by Kier Group and STALSEN. The kit, including hard hats, safety boots, protective work clothing and specialist safety gloves, will all be used by firefighters on the frontline in Ukraine saving lives and carrying out essential rescue work. The items were all either new or in good usable condition but surplus to requirements in the UK.

The kit was delivered to the Emergency Services distribution centre on the Polish border and will be distributed across Ukraine according to need.

Oksana Romanukha, from Impact NGO, EASST’s Ukrainian partner, said:

“We were so pleased to be part of this initiative. These donations build on our long-established relationship with the Ukrainian Emergency Service and provides them with vital support at this very difficult time. We are enormously grateful to EASST for providing this essential equipment to safeguard those who are working so hard to protect our communities.”

Emma MacLennan, Director General of EASST commented:

“EASST has been working with Impact and the Ukrainian Emergency Service since 2012. We were happy to be able to respond to their requests for help during this time of horrific sadness and uncertainty. We are very grateful to Kier Group and STALSEN for their generous donations that have made this project possible. We are also thankful to the staff of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development who provided financial donations in a personal capacity to fund the delivery of these items. This has been a real team effort to respond to a vital need at a time of crisis.”

This project was part of our ongoing Donations Programme, which has seen over 12,000 surplus items diverted from landfill and sent to the EASST region to support road safety and other lifesaving projects.

EASST is already working on collecting donations for a further delivery of PPE to Ukraine and would be pleased to hear from any companies who may have surplus kit to donate.