In 2017 Holmatro celebrated its 50th anniversary: a milestone to be thankful for. This was the perfect moment to give something back to society, so we decided to take our Tools for Life Development Program to the next level.
Saving more lives
We joined forces with UKRO IDP and extended our partnership with Firefighters Without Borders. Both organizations aim to save more lives in developing countries. How? By improving the level of local fire & rescue services through equipment donation and training programs. This is a goal we all share: saving people's lives.
With Tools for Life Holmatro provides rescue tools, training and other services that support the projects of our partners. Each organization received a cheque symbolizing 100,000 euros worth of support.
UKRO IDP members travel to the Poltava Oblast region in Ukraine to donate a full set of Holmatro rescue equipment and train local fire crews. This trip is part of a five-year program aimed at developing and enhancing proficiency in vehicle rescue, incident command and medical care in this region.
On behalf of Firefighers Without Borders, the Dutch "Firemen Dakarteam" donate a set of Holmatro rescue equipment to a local fire service in La Paz, where they have a stopover during the 2018 Dakar Rally.
Members of Firefighters Without Borders travel to Hungary to donate a Holmatro rescue equipment set to the Kotel Foundation who recently got the official status of Fire & Rescue Service. And there's more than one reason for a party: the volunteers of this Foundation also celebrate their 20-year anniversary!
Following previous successful visits in 2017 and 2018, members of UKRO IDP travelled to the Poltava Region in Ukraine to deliver three fully equipped fire engines, including Holmatro rescue tools. They did so together with the Scottish Emergency Rescue Association (SERA). In addition, UKRO IDP and SERA organized a week of Road Traffic Collision training, followed by a Vehicle Extrication Challenge. In this rescue competition ( the first ever held in the region!) the firefighters from Poltava were able to show their skills using the donated Holmatro rescue tools. This equipment will dramatically improve rescue capabilities in the Ukraine.
The Firefighters Without Borders Foundation donates a large container of technical rescue, medical and personal protective equipment to the Volunteer Firefighters of the Presidente Franco Fire Station in Paraguay. The donation includes 5 sets of Holmatro rescue tools consisting of hydraulic spreaders, combi tools rams, pumps and hoses.