A local fire department is doing its part to help Ukraine.

Lamont County regional fire chief Shayne Milliken delivered a pallet of gear, including around 20 sets of bunker gear, 10 pairs of boots, 10 helmets, five nozzles, and other equipment that will be flown to Ukraine and used for protection and safety. 

In the past, the county has collaborated with Firefighter Aid Ukraine, a non-profit organization founded by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services fire investigator Kevin Royle, to donate a significant amount of equipment for use in Ukraine. 

The non-profit’s idea is simple: when fire departments decommission gear and equipment, where else could it still be used? 

“Gear expires at various intervals to meet North American safety standards,” said Milken. 

“Many fire departments in Ukraine are still using protective gear and equipment from the Soviet era; so, where we would otherwise dispose of equipment and gear that is in relatively good repair, we can safely donate these to the humanitarian effort in Ukraine.” 

Lamont County fire chief Shayne Milliken Lamont County Regional Fire Chief Shayne Milliken displays bunker gear donated to Ukrainian humanitarian aid


“It is a small step we can take to help out in the crisis by equipping those on the frontline with the tools they desperately need,” Milliken continued.

In a statement, the county said they were honoured to support Ukraine with humanitarian aid during the war.
The City of Edmonton recently garnered international attention after an Edmonton Fire Rescue jacket was seen on a firefighter in Lviv, Ukraine.