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Firm donates power tools for BC firefighers assisting at Nepal earthquake


Industry

May 24, 2015
By Bill Roebuck
The team from British Columbia included one retired Burnaby, BC, firefighter, two active Mission, BC, firefighters and three rescue K-9s.

The team from British Columbia included one retired Burnaby, BC, firefighter, two active Mission, BC, firefighters and three rescue K-9s.

Toronto – Milwaukee Tool Canada has provided support to Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 in British Columbia, whose members recently returned home from Nepal, where they assisted with rescue efforts following the devastating earthquake in April. The 19 firefighters were joined by members of the BC Firefighters Search Dog Society, including one retired Burnaby, BC, firefighter, two active Mission, BC, firefighters and three rescue K-9s.

The group flew to Kathmandu on April 27 to support search, rescue and extrication efforts, arriving with enhanced search equipment and $10,000 worth of Milwaukee power tools that were donated to assist with the rescue efforts. The tools were left on site 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 are 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.”

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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu on April 25, leaving more than 7,300 people dead, thousands injured and countless more displaced from their homes. Burnaby Firefighters Local 323, the first Canadians to arrive on site, joined 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.”

Members of the Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 are trained to a high level of skill in numerous fields, including firefighting, motor vehicle accident extrication, hazardous materials response, technical rescue, first responder medical assistance, fire boat and public education. Burnaby’s Fire Department call volume has averaged 13,500 calls a year over the last five years. Its members are trained as First Responders, the first level of a layered pre-hospital care system designed in the best interests of patient care and outcome.

Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has provided professional, heavy-duty tools and accessories. Its products include lithium-ion technology, as seen in its M12, M1 and M28 Systems. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, WI-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. For more information, visit www.milwaukeetool.ca.