More than 250 fire and rescue vehicles and 100 fire stations have been destroyed in Ukraine since the war began. Nevertheless, firefighters are working non-stop to treat the wounded and put out fires. The aid organization @fire has brought urgently needed donations of vehicles and equipment to the capital Kyiv. Kyiv’s mayor Dr. Vitali Klitschko expresses his gratitude for this important support.
In a first aid convoy, in cooperation with the #WeAreAllUkrainians initiative of Dr. Wladimir Klitschko and Tatjana Kiel, the Alliance4Ukraine as well as other partners and sponsors, a fire engine 16/25 of the Hude fire department, a fire engine 8 of the Neckargemünd fire department, a turntable ladder with basket of the Pfarrkirchen fire department as well as material donations of the Nossen fire department at the Polish-Ukrainian border were handed over to representatives of the city of Kyiv and the Ukrainian rescue forces. In a video message, Kyiv Mayor Dr. Vitali Klitschko personally thanked “all the municipalities that donated fire trucks to us. These vehicles save the lives of our citizens. This support is very important. It allows us to protect our city and our country.”
Further aid convoys for the transfer of fire and rescue vehicles and urgently needed equipment are already being planned. The need for equipment and vehicles for technical assistance, firefighting and medical care remains high. In the capital Kyiv, there is a particular need for (large) tanker fire-fighting vehicles and aerial rescue vehicles. Fighting fires at height and extinguishing burning fuel is a particular challenge there.
Since the beginning of the war, the international aid organization @fire has been providing humanitarian aid in various ways. Since then, the @fire staff has been working non-stop to monitor the situation, coordinate offers of help and donations in kind, and exchange information with numerous partners. In a joint relief operation with Osteuropahilfe, Brandschutztechnik Müller, Jola Rent and Heavy Rescue Germany, @fire has already been able to bring 40 tons of firefighting equipment to Ukraine. 120 pallets of protective clothing, helmets, boots, generators, pumps, hoses, rescue equipment, tents, lifting bags, cut-off grinders, personal dosimeters and five complete fire trucks were donated by individuals, fire departments and companies. A three-person assessment team, in collaboration with the Björn Steiger Foundation, the Institute for European Affairs (INEA), Veritas Ambulance and local authorities, spent seven days assessing humanitarian needs in the Polish border town of Chelm. In the Black Forest National Park and in Wegberg near Mönchengladbach, support was provided for the construction of refugee accommodation.
Donation offers of equipment and fire and rescue vehicles can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The work of @fire can also be supported financially via the Betterplace donation platform.
The initiative #WeAreAllUkrainians was launched by Dr. Vladimir Klitschko and Tatyana Kiel, CEO of Klitschko Ventures, to develop scalable solutions and processes for the most pressing needs as quickly as possible, which he passes on to Tatyana Kiel directly from Kyiv. Over 2,000 tons of goods have reached Kyiv in the first 10 days - with the support of donations of goods from large companies and logistics partner Deutsche Bahn, as well as the coordinators of #WeAreAllUkrainians on the Ukrainian side. Together with the aid organization @fire - Internationaler Katastrophenschutz Deutschland e.V., #WeAreAllUkrainians is working to procure fire and rescue vehicles that are urgently needed in Ukraine.
The Alliance4Ukraine is a coordinating alliance of civil society organizations, foundations, state institutions and companies. The goal is to create an ecosystem of interlocking solutions to the needs of people on the run. The supporting organizations from Alliance4Ukraine want to strengthen existing - primarily civil society - structures in Germany, which in particular can enable or facilitate the reception of people on the run. Alliance4Ukraine is under the joint patronage of the Federal Minister of the Interior and Home Affairs, Nancy Faeser, and the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Integration and Refugees, Reem Alabali-Radovan.
The non-profit aid organization @fire - Internationaler Katastrophenschutz Deutschland e. V. has been providing rapid emergency aid worldwide following devastating natural disasters since 2002. Responders are specially trained in wildland firefighting (WFF) and search and rescue of buried victims after earthquakes (USAR). All of the approximately 400 members are involved in national and international disaster relief on a voluntary and unpaid basis. The aid organization was classified as the world’s first Light USAR Team by the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) in 2021 and operates according to international standards. Funding for operations, training, and equipment is primarily donor-funded.
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