Middletown Agencies Organize Donation Campaign for Ukrainian Firefighters

MIDDLETOWN — Six Middletown businesses and organizations are co-sponsoring a Collection of equipment from Ukrainian firefighters which will support several fire departments in Ukraine.

The event is a collaboration between the South Fire District of Middletown, Community Health Center, Middlesex County Community Foundation, Wesleyan University, Keystone Paperbox and Action Moving, according to a press release.

The agencies are also teaming up with the Lviv Oblast Fire Department in Ukraine.

“Over the past few weeks, we have all witnessed the tragic events that have taken place in communities across Ukraine, where relentless shelling of non-military targets has caused thousands of injuries and deaths,” said Southern Fire District Chief James Trzaski in a prepared statement.

“Emergency responders have risked their own lives to save others by being on the front line to deliver essential aid to those in need. Today we seek to provide the highest level of support to these brave men and women,” he added.

The event will take place April 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Fire District Fire Station, 445 Randolph Road in Middletown. During this time, specific supplies to support Ukraine’s fire services will be collected, packaged and tagged, then shipped directly to Ukraine for care, the press release said.

Essential items include painkillers in sealed containers (ibuprofen or acetaminophen), backpacks, bandages, hand sanitizer for burns, first aid kits, tie bandages, knee pads, medical tape, multi-traumatic bandages, medical gloves, compression bandages, triple antibiotic ointment, eyewash, “Israeli Battle” emergency bandages, neck collars, CPR masks, IV supplies, EMT shears, tweezers, safety boots, goggles security, safety pins, stainless steel hemostats, splints, tongue depressors, suture supplies and tourniquets.

Donations of all types are greatly appreciated and many items are available at local pharmacies and malls. Those wishing to make monetary contributions may do so to the Community Foundation of Middlesex County/Ukrainian Firefighters Equipment Drive.

Contributions can be made online at bit.ly/MCT-Fire or by mail to CFMC at 49 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457; with “Ukrainian Firefighters Equipment Drive” in the memo line.

All monetary contributions are tax deductible according to federal guidelines.

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