A Stark County Fire Agency has joined forces to help Ukraine in the country’s ongoing fight against Russia.
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Members of the Jackson Fire Department filled a truck this week with outdated turnout gear, boots, pants, gloves and helmets to help Ukrainian emergency personnel. Other agencies, such as the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, also gathered material this week for Ukraine.
“These are things that have expired for us that we typically use for training,” Jackson Fire Chief Tim Berczik said. “It’s also a spring cleaning for us.”
Berczik said the donated gear was “not ripped or torn” and should provide Ukrainian emergency responders with satisfactory protection.
“They don’t have all the requirements (or expirations) there that we have,” the chef said. “They just need equipment. It’s good that we can do something.”
Sheriff Stark and Township Security Forces Contribute to Ukraine
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office also aided the Ukrainian war effort by participating in a statewide collection of ballistic vests, according to a departmental social media post.
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The Sheriff’s Office combined its vests with items collected by other law enforcement agencies, such as the Township Police Department and Township Fire Department. The sheriff then passed everything on to the Ohio Highway Patrol, which is organizing the local rally effort.
Last month, the Perry Township Police Department donated some body armor to help Ukrainian forces in the war effort.
Jackson Fire has partnered with the Cleveland Maidan Association (CMA), which began in 2014 and works to provide financial assistance to the families of fallen or injured American veterans, according to a press release from the organization.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the association has focused its efforts on providing medical and tactical supplies, sending essential humanitarian aid to Ukrainian hospitals and refugee camps.