Public safety equipment and supplies for Arlington first responders are heading to Ukraine.
Public safety equipment and supplies for first responders from Arlington, Va., are heading to Ukraine.
Northern Virginia County said Thursday its fire department, law enforcement and emergency officials have organized firefighting equipment, medical supplies and personal protective equipment to help first responders. Ukrainian players in the country’s ongoing struggle against the Russian invaders.
“Ukrainian first responders are facing the fight of their lives, providing emergency services under unimaginable conditions,” Arlington County Fire Chief David Povlitz said in a news release.
“Arlington recognized the grave situation facing the citizens of Ukraine and wanted to show our support in any way possible. We hope this important equipment will make a difference, and our hearts and prayers remain with the people of Ukraine during this tragic time. »
Donations include approximately 200,000 sets of disposable gowns, 9,000 N95 particulate respirators, 125 sets of firefighting equipment, more than 100 ballistic vests and pallets containing essential medical equipment and firefighting hand tools. fires. In total, Arlington County said it donated hundreds of thousands of supplies.
Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, joined Arlington County officials on Thursday to view the supplies. The donation effort began with Igor Scherbakov, a Ukrainian-born public safety procurement specialist in Arlington. County officials coordinated with the nonprofit United Help Ukraine and the Ukrainian-American Coordinating Council.
The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is also collecting public donations of cold weather items at Arlington Central Library through Friday, April 15. View list of wanted items and deposit information.
Arlington and Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine have been sister cities since 2011, hosting government delegations, organizing student exchanges and sharing public safety information over the past decade. russian missiles targeted Ivano-Frankivsk airport in the first month of the war.
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