Milwaukee Tool supports Canadian firefighters in Nepal
- May 13, 2015
Milwaukee Tool, Toronto, is supporting Burnaby Firefighters Local 323, who were among the first responders supporting the rescue efforts in Nepal following a devastating earthquake that hit the area in April.
The firefighters recently returned home. The 19 Burnaby Firefighters were joined by members of the BC 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 27th to support search, rescue and extrication efforts.
Firefighters arrived with enhanced search equipment and $10,000 worth of Milwaukee power tools that were donated to assist with the rescue efforts, which 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 are very proud to support this dedicated group of first responders,” says Craig Baxter, president 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. 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.”