Area firefighters from nine different companies in three counties have donated used firefighting turnout gear to the International Fire Relief Mission, which will distribute the gear to other countries that cannot afford firefighting gear.
Firefighters in the United States must replace turnout gear every 10 years because of NFPA guidelines. In most instances the gear is still usable and the problem arises of how to dispose of the gear.
The Greenport Fire Department received information about the mission that takes in used gear and redistributes to less fortunate fire departments in other countries.
Columbia County fire departments that donated included Canaan, Copake,Chatham, Germantown, Greenport, Hillsdale and Livingston. Also contributing were departments from Earlton in Greene County and Middle Granville in Washington County.