N.J. FFs gather gear to send to FFs in Ukraine

The idea came from third-year Clifton firefighter Oleg Skachko, who emigrated from Ukraine as a teenager


By Leila Merrill

CLIFTON, N.J. — North New Jersey firefighters have been collecting surplus equipment to send to firefighters in Ukraine, NorthJersey.com reported.

Clifton Fire Chief Frank Prezioso said the idea came from third-year Clifton firefighter Oleg Skachko, who emigrated from Ukraine as a teen.

"What I’m seeing is nothing less than miraculous as they’re working to remove victims with limited resources, regardless of the potential of being killed by Russian attack," said Passaic Fire Chief Pat Trentacost, who noticed fire trucks under rubble in photos from the war.

Clifton is leading the regional effort.

Turnout gear, backboards, bandages and other equipment will be needed, the chief said.

The gear will be flown over in lots and will have to be transported into the country by ground.

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