Honeywell announced Oct. 21 that its Metropolis Works facility has donated firefighting gear to the Massac County volunteer Fire Department.
The company donated more than $2500 worth of Morning Pride brand fire equipment from Honeywell First Responder Products, a Honeywell company that manufactures advanced personal protective equipment for firefighters. The equipment included two full sets of turnout gear and boots.
The donation was made as part of Honeywell’s Hometown Solutions program, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative. Todd Howard, Metropolis Works fire protection specialist, presented the donation to Massac County Fire Chief Mike Childers and Training Officer Clay Childers at the Massac County fire station.
“This donation is highly appreciated and will help keep our firefighters safe while they are protecting our community,” said Chief Childers. “We are grateful for the donation and thank Honeywell for their support.”
“We value our strong relationship with the Massac County Fire Department and are proud to contribute to the safety of our local first responders,” Howard said. “They play a large role in our commitment to safety at the Metropolis Works facility and the Metropolis community.”
In 2013, Honeywell will donate more than $30,000 worth of life safety equipment to fire departments across the U.S. and Canada. Since 2011, Honeywell has donated $10,500 in equipment to local Massac County First Responders.
In 2010, the facility donated $170,000 worth of emergency sirens to three Massac County communities — Metropolis, Joppa and Brookport — giving emergency personnel another way to warn residents about weather situations such as tornados or events that require mass emergency notification. The sirens replaced an older version, also donated by Honeywell in the 1980s, that had been damaged in an ice storm.
First opened in 1958, Honeywell Metropolis Works provides services to convert uranium oxide to uranium hexafluoride (UF6). This product is then further processed by other service providers into fuel for civilian nuclear power plants. Metropolis Works is one of the region’s largest employers, providing 270 full-time jobs in the Metropolis area in addition to contractors.