|Ted Polson, Regional Sales Manager for Honeywell Industrial Safety delivers the donated equipment to Kryzia Abacan, Communications and Office Manager for the Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre.
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.
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.”
The Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre, operated by ADRA Canada, was opened in response to the Fort McMurray wildfire. The Alberta government and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have partnered with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Canada to coordinate the collection and distribution of donations for Fort McMurray residents. ADRA Canada is part of the ADRA network, which has a presence in approximately 125 countries.