An accidental discovery at a firefighter training facility in North Vancouver has resulted in one of the most significant private aid donations from BC to Ukraine. So far.
About two months ago, North Vancouver area firefighter Jared Reynolds was looking through the facility's storage unit for something for his fire engine when he stumbled across a completely different I ran into something.
"Suddenly, a wooden cot appeared that said 'Field Hospital Bed,'" he told Global His News.
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Reynolds found an old NATO-standard field hospital.
The equipment, including 200 beds, 200 field stretchers, bedding and blankets, was deployed to Vancouver Island in 1970 before being transferred to North Shore Emergency Management, where it could be used in the event of a natural disaster. It was stored for ten years.
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The equipment was outdated and had been replaced with modern equipment long ago.
“We are looking at what is happening in Ukraine now, and it is difficult to see. , and I thought war was the perfect opportunity to do something good," Reynolds said.
"So I started asking if we could send this to Ukraine and they kindly provided," said Reynolds.
That was the easy part.
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Reynolds I started looking for a way to connect equipment and posted about the gear on an online forum for Canadian veterans for those who need it in Ukraine.
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Two different people contacted him, his recently retired RCMP officer, Defend this spring. He recommended Brent Mudry, who founded the Ukraine Foundation.
Mundry provides logistics to move equipment — which contained 69 pallets of equipment in a 40-foot container that contained a jamming and was sent by rail to Montreal, shipped to Germany, trucked to Ukraine, and transported to southern Ukraine and Delivered to 6 cities in the East.
"When I opened it, it looked like new. Great material and a lot of it is actually used as we speak," he said Mundry. .
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"It's kind of a pinch moment to see these pictures come back and unpack it and use it."
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The group received support from several sources, including financial donations from the DNV Firefighters Union, a charitable foundation, and CP Rail. We agreed to carry the container for free.
And They're Still Done Is not ... Enough gear to fill another half.
"There is always more material and less inches than you might expect," Mandry said.
"I just dropped what I needed into the bucket."
— using Paul Johnson's files
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