U.P. fire departments get needed equipment from downstate


CHASSELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJMN) — When it comes to emergency response teams, there is a true brother & sisterhood. So much so that complete strangers from across the state donate old equipment that smaller stations like Chassell Township would cherish.

Curt Judson, Chief, Chassell Township Volunteer Fire Department said, “We got probably between $600,000 to a million dollars worth of turn-out gear and equipment.”

The equipment donated went to the fire departments of Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, and surrounding counties.

Every year, career departments upgrade their equipment. It’s so frequent that these departments decided to donate their so-called “old equipment” to smaller volunteer stations like Chassell Township.

All of the equipment was donated by an organization in lower Michigan called “From Our Firehouse to Yours: Keeping It In the Family” and they provided Chassell with almost too much equipment.

“Generators were donated, there was extraction tools, there was portable pumps, there was some ice rescue gear, and that all went pretty quick, but the turn-out gear, there was so much turn out gear that we could probably still dress 3 to 4 departments with what turn-out gear is left,” said Chief Judson.

Chief Judson said, “On Saturday, September 28th, departments from throughout the area, came to our hall, and were able to pick through equipment and gear. It was wonderful to see the joy in the faces of some of the more rural departments getting significant upgrades in their turnout gear.”

If you’re a local station in need of some equipment, Chief Judson recommends that you reach out to him.

“If there is any departments in the outlining counties that need gear, all they need to do is message us on Facebook and we’ll get ’em hooked up,” said Chief Judson.

The Chassell Township Fire Department has a trailer full of equipment that they need gone by Winter.

. Chassell VFD was just the drop-off/pick-up location. So many departments from the area benefitted from this program. We do hope that if there were departments that weren’t able to make it that day, reach out to us and let us know what they could use for turnout gear, as we have a lot of it still.
Chief Curt Judson

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