Rookie firefighters outfitted with new gear
By Maria Church
Sept. 14, 2015, Champlain, Ont. - Four recent recruits at L’Original Fire Department in Champlain, Ont., about 90 kilometres northeast of Ottawa on the Quebec border, are likely thanking their lucky stars – or their safety officer.
Thanks to L’Original firefighter and safety officer Dan Dupont’s application to the 2015 annual Globe Gear Giveaway earlier this year, the rookies are each being outfitted with a brand-new set of Globe’s state-of-the-art turnout gear.
The all-volunteer department with 26 active firefighters is one of the first three recipients chosen for the annual giveaway, a partnership among Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies and the National Volunteer Fire Council. A total of 13 departments in Canada and the United States will eventually be awarded four sets of turnout gear.
Dupont said in an interview that his department, like many others, is strapped for cash and usually forced to give new recruits old gear.
“It’s rare that rookies get new stuff,” he said. “They were so happy about it.”
Dupont said the department can now look at using its budget for needed ice and water equipment to respond to incidents on the Ottawa River.