GSA Ships Supplies to Help Moscow Firefighters Battle Blazes

Aug. 23, 2010

Firefighters who continue to battle more than 500 wildfires outside Moscow are starting to receive emergency firefighting equipment and supplies from GSA’s Western Distribution Center at French Camp, near Sacramento. The Russian forest fires have raged for a month and drawn international attention. By order of President Barack Obama, GSA, the U.S. Forest Service International Disaster Assistance Program and the state of California are collaborating in filling and shipping the purchases for emergency equipment.

Two shipments of protective gear, backpack pumps, and hand tools have been sent for the 2,000 firefighters as they continue to battle fires outside the Russian capital. The value of the equipment is $830,000.

"Last year, there was a very, very, mild fire season in California” said General Manager Eugene Chow of GSA’s Western Distribution Center at French Camp, Calif. “The inventories here are generally robust enough to support both fire seasons here, as well as in other states and other countries."

The most recent shipment of supplies landed at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow early Aug. 14.The first order shipped Aug. 12.

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