Honeywell Contributes Personal Protection Equipment to Alberta WIldfire Donation Centre Following Devastating Canadian Wildfire
August 18, 2016
Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo suffered extensive losses from the May 2016 wildfire, which destroyed thousands of homes and buildings and destroyed approximately 1.5 million acres of forestland. More than 88,000 residents had to evacuate their homes due to the fires, which also shut down oil sand production in the region. Honeywell has more than 500 employees across Alberta, many of them located in Fort McMurray.
After consulting with local volunteers and relief agencies, Honeywell assembled a portfolio of fully certified personal protective equipment essential for cleanup and recovery teams, including gear to protect workers' hands, eyes, feet, and respiratory protection.
The equipment, donated through Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, includes 2,500 pairs of Honeywell Uvex safety glasses, 100 pairs of Oliver work boots, 500 Honeywell North hard hats, 5,000 pairs of disposable and general purpose gloves, 1,000 disposable masks for respiratory protection, and more than 2,000 articles of single-use disposable clothing.
“We care deeply about our Ft. McMurray neighbors and our employees there who have been hit hard by this catastrophe. In a tight-knit community like ours, the devastation impacts everyone,” said Brent Elacott, district general manager for Honeywell in Alberta. “Together as we pick up the pieces and move forward, the Honeywell team wanted to help by providing Honeywell products that support recovery efforts. We're proud to be a part of such a strong community.”
“Rebuilding after the Ft. McMurray disaster will take many years, and requires a collaborative approach as we work to reinvigorate our vibrant community,” said James Astleford, executive director of ADRA Canada, the relief organization overseeing the Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre. “It's critical during our recovery phase that we ensure the safety and security of our front-line responders. Thanks to Honeywell's generous contribution of this equipment, we're replenishing our inventory of protective supplies so teams will be able to tackle critical incidents. With disaster recovery underway, being well-prepared is key, and this donation of supplemental safety equipment enables us to be ready.”