Monroe, NC (June 1, 2010) - Scott Health & Safety today announced the
donation of more than $600,000 worth of safety equipment to Haitian first
responders, replacing badly needed supplies destroyed during the January 12
earthquake in Haiti.
While rebuilding has begun, public safety services still lack needed
resources. The donations, made in partnership with Protect the Force and
other safety equipment providers, were made to fire departments, the
national power company, hospitals and clinics - all of which lost essential
safety equipment during the earthquake.
"Scott is glad to be a part of this effort to restore important public
safety services to Haiti and to help keep their first responders safe after
the devastating earthquake," said Trent Smith, VP of Sales, Americas at
Scott Health & Safety.
The loss of equipment prevented the only fire station in Port-au-Prince
from operating effectively. At the same time, firefighters faced an
increased threat of fires due to the high number of displaced people
depending on fire-based cooking. Scott provided the Port-au-Prince City and
Airport Fire Departments with Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA),
protective masks, eyewear, filters and gas detection equipment.
Electricity is still a rare commodity in Haiti following the earthquake.
Tasked with tremendous power restoration efforts, Electricité d'Haïti
(EDH), the national power company, has been underequipped and in need of
safety equipment. Scott has provided hardhats and protective eyewear for
power line service workers.
As a result of high injury volumes and the prevalence of disease, emergency
medical supplies have also been in short supply. Respiratory protective
masks with filters were donated by Scott and collected and distributed by
the Associated Public Health Labs for use in Haitian hospitals and clinics.
In addition to donating safety equipment, Scott Health & Safety shared with
Protect the Force and its partners in the shipping, transportation,
satellite communications and customs expenses.
About Scott Health & Safety
Scott Health & Safety, a business unit of Tyco International, is a premiere manufacturer of innovative respiratory and other personal protective equipment and safety devices for firefighters, industrial workers, police squads, militaries, homeland security forces, and rescue teams around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott produces products that protect thousands of individuals each day from environmental hazards including smoke, toxic fumes, combustible gases, falling objects, and contaminants. The Scott product line includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras, and firefighter locators.
Tyco International Ltd. is a global, diversified company that provides vital products and services to customers around the world. More information on Tyco can be found at www.tyco.com.