Milwaukee Tool Canada donated $10,000 worth of power tools to Burnaby Firefighters Local 323, who recently traveled to Nepal to assist with rescue efforts following the devastating earthquake there.
The 19 Burnaby firefighters were joined by members of the B.C. Firefighters Search Dog Society. Comprised of one retired Burnaby Firefighter, two active Mission Firefighters and three rescue K-9s, the group flew to the capital city of Kathmandu on April 27 to support search, rescue and extrication efforts.
The power tools donated by Milwaukee were used to assist with the rescue efforts, and were left onsite to further support local teams.
Milwaukee Tool has committed to donating an additional $10,000 worth of tools to the firefighters to assist them in responding to future local and overseas emergencies.
“We’re very proud to support this dedicated group of first responders,” says Craig Baxter, president of Milwaukee Tool Canada. “They risk their lives helping others both abroad and at home so we’re pleased to help make their job easier any way we can.”
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25th, leaving more than 7,300 people dead, thousands injured and countless more displaced from their homes. The Burnaby firefighters were the first Canadians to arrive at the site of the quake, joining 4,050 rescue workers from 34 different nations.
“Working under tight time constraints in remote areas without electricity was made much easier with Milwaukee’s cordless tools,” says Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 vice-president Jeff Clark, “There was never a question about whether they were going to work or not.”