$260,000 in emergency equipment donated to HFD in preparation for hurricane season

HOUSTON — The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston announced an impressive donation of emergency equipment to Houston Fire Department early Friday.  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined firefighters and department leaders as they accepted the gift that included boats and other high-water vehicles.

"The equipment is a culmination of a year-long effort, and certainly a direct response of Hurricane Harvey," Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Chairman Lee Vela said. "We've been working for years to purchase the rescue boats in the past, but the storm really underscored our need to be prepared for the worst as a city."

The donation, which is reportedly valued at $260,000, couldn't come at a better time! Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, several companies including AT&T, H-E-B, MetroNational, Civic Entertainment and KBR, stepped up and supported fundraising efforts.

"If it wasn't for these corporate sponsors stepping up in a huge way, we wouldn't be able to meet the demand as quickly as we have been here in the recent past," HFD Chief Sam Pena said.

The Fire Fighters Foundation was formed in 2006 to raise funds needed to purchase much-needed, life-saving equipment for HFD to use during rescues, evacuations and other emergencies.

HFD has purchased more than $1 million in equipment over the years, officials said.

Other guests at the unveiling include Councilwoman Brenda Stardig, MetroNational President Jason Johnson, AT&T Vice President of Public Affairs Tracy King and H-E-B Executive Vice President Armando Perez.

First responders rescued more than 6,000 Houstonians during last year's floods. Now, they'll be even more prepared to save lives.