Help Ukrainian Firefighters in Need is an initiative run by Polsky Foundation. This project started on March 11, 2022, and since that, we have already collected over 250 tons of bunker/turnout gear, personal protective equipment (PPE), life rescue equipment, and medical supplies from fire departments and sellers in the United States and sent them to Ukraine, and we are continuing to do it 🇺🇦
How can you help us?
👉 We are not accepting monetary donations. We collect gear and equipment for the first responders in Ukraine.
👉 You can donate us firefighting gears (used or new) – bring them to our warehouse at any point in America, and we will ship them to Ukrainian firefighters as soon as possible!
👉 If you have the possibilities to help with shipping all the donations to Ukraine, it would also be a significant part of our cooperation!
👉 At last — informational support! Your repost does matter! One of our purposes is to raise awareness of the current situation in Ukraine among US citizens and spread information about what is going on there.
Join us — together, we can do more!
SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
Any questions? Let’s make it clear!
⁉️ Can I trust your organization?
Definitely! Our organization is run by Polsky foundation and together we have supported Ukrainian firefighters since the beginning of the war in Ukraine and have reported our activities on TV and different social media platforms. We are open to everyone!
⁉️ What happens to the donations?
100% of the donations aim to provide urgently needed equipment and humanitarian aid to firefighters in war-impacted parts of Ukraine and cover the cost of delivering the cargo.
⁉️ How can I help?
You can make a financial contribution, contact your local fire departments, donate and bring the equipment yourself, or share with us the contacts of potential donors.
Contact us if you still have any questions, or fill up the contact form on our website to donate now!
APRIL 11, 2023
Our Help Ukrainian Firefighters in Need initiative has received a huge donation from various fire departments in the USA –
All the gear is necessary for Ukrainian rescuers – special equipment, fire hoses, gadgets, and clothing.
We are incredibly grateful to our American friends for significantly contributing to our mission! Every donation, every single item makes a difference!
We are preparing an entire container of firefighting gear for Ukrainian firefighters, and we still have space to load! If you want to help the Ukrainian defenders and join us, now is the time to do it!
Join us, donate, and together, we will equip Ukrainian firefighters with everything they need faster! More details on our website.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
🇺🇦 On this Rescuer’s Day in Ukraine, let’s take a moment to appreciate the incredible work of our dedicated first responders. These fearless men and women rush into danger to protect and save lives, often at significant personal risk.
🚒 Firefighters battle blazes to keep our communities safe. Paramedics provide critical medical care when every second counts. Police officers maintain order and protect us from harm!
Their commitment to our safety is unwavering, and today, we celebrate their resilience, compassion, and heroism. Thank you for your service, and may you continue to inspire us all! 🙌❤️
SEPTEMBER 17, 2023
🔥🚒 Building a Strong Firefighting Career? Avoid These Social Media Slip-ups! 🚫📱
Hey there, fellow firefighters! 🚒👩🚒👨🚒 As we celebrate the dedication and courage that define our profession this Labor Day, let’s also take a moment to protect our career paths both on and off the front.
So, how not to Destroy Your Firefighting Career on Social Media?
1⃣ Loose Lips Sink Ships: We all love a good story, but sharing sensitive incident details can jeopardize investigations and trust within the team. Let’s remember to keep the specifics off our feeds.
2⃣ Say No to Sensitive Snaps: Posting pictures of incidents, victims, or damage can be invasive and disrespectful. We aim to save lives and serve our community with respect and empathy.
3⃣ Watch the Water Cooler Chatter: Engaging in gossip, negativity, or inappropriate comments reflects poorly on our professionalism. Let’s lift each other up and maintain a positive online presence.
4⃣ Politics and Perspectives: Sharing divisive opinions can alienate colleagues and create an unhealthy environment. While we’re entitled to our views, let’s keep discussions respectful and remember that we’re a united force.
5⃣ Booze and Bad Choices: Posting content that involves alcohol or risky behavior can damage our reputation and credibility. Let’s celebrate responsibly and avoid giving the wrong impression.
Be responsible and protect yourself! 🔥🇺🇸
SEPTEMBER 10, 2023
🎉 Let us take a moment this Labor Day to recognize the foundations that form our way of life!
Do you enjoy relaxing weekends? Enjoy those revitalizing lunch breaks? 🍔 Do you value paid vacations and rely on social security? Give a nod to labor unions and the American labor movement if you replied “yes” to any of these!
Behind every comfort we find in our careers there are years of relentless battles and inspiring legislation that paved the way for these fundamental privileges. This Labor Day, let’s not only soak in the long weekend but also reflect on the incredible contributions of the American workforce 🇺🇸👨🚒
So here’s to the hard-fought victories, the determined individuals, and the collective power that continues to shape our professional lives. Happy Labor Day, everyone! Let’s celebrate our progress and look forward to a brighter future for workers everywhere!
SEPTEMBER 4, 2023
Volunteers at the Help Heroes Of Ukraine warehouse in Chicago are sorting a large shipment of aid for Ukrainian firefighters🧑🚒.
Thanks to the collaboration with Yana Feygan within her «Firefighters in Need» initiative and the generous donations, we will provide dozens of firefighters in Ukraine with the necessary clothing and equipment that will assist them during the aftermath of emergencies.
We thank everyone involved in organizing this assistance! Together, we are a great force 🙏💪
@woman_from_greenleaf_street | @ukrainefirefightersinneed | @fdicindy
AUGUST 28, 2023
🇺🇦 Слава Україні!
Друзі, ВАЖЛИВО! 26 серпня в центрі Чікаго відбудеться велика хода, присвячена Дню незалежності України! Наша присутність дуже важлива 🙌
🗓️ 26 серпня
⏰ 3:30 PM
📍501 S. Michigan Ave
(Congress Plaza Garden)
Після ходи також буде урочиста святкова частина! Приєднуйтесь! 🕊
🇺🇸 Glory to Ukraine!
Friends, it’s important! On August 26, a large march dedicated to Ukraine’s Independence Day will take place in downtown Chicago! Our presence and support are very important 🙌
🗓️ August, 26
⏰ 3:30 PM
📍501 S. Michigan Ave
(Congress Plaza Garden)
After the procession, there will also be a celebration! Join us!!!! 🕊
AUGUST 26, 2023
🇺🇦 Celebrating Ukraine’s Independence Day! 🇺🇦
Happy Independence Day to all our Ukrainian firefighters and followers! On this particular day, we commemorate the unwavering spirit and resilience of Ukraine 🎉
Ukraine has captivated hearts worldwide, from the yellow and blue flags to its rich cultural heritage. Let’s take a moment to honor the sacrifices of those fighting for freedom now 👨🚒👥
Let’s continue building a strong and vibrant future together. Let’s pray for peace in Ukraine! Slava Ukraini! Glory to #Ukraine! 🕊
AUGUST 24, 2023
We want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who joined us during the packing of firefighting gear to be sent to the Ukrainian rescuers! 👩🚒
In just a few hours, we could do a fantastic job at our partner’s warehouse, Help Heroes of Ukraine, in Chicago and again show the strength and unity of the Ukrainian spirit on the eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day!
We have done most of the work. However, a few pallets of firefighting supplies still need to be prepared for shipment!
Therefore, on Ukraine’s Independence Day, August 24, we are waiting for you from 5.30 pm to celebrate together and do a great good deed!
📍 450 Kehoe Blvd
Carol Stream, IL 60188
See you! 🇺🇦🙌
AUGUST 23, 2023
🙏 The full-scale war in Ukraine has been going on for almost a year and a half, and every day, unfortunately, is a loss of life. Human lives, weapons, and special equipment — along with successes, Ukraine is suffering losses too.
👉 During the full-scale war, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine lost more than 1,700 fire trucks, more than 300 fire stations, and more than 700 SES buildings of various types.
👉 As of March 2023, 68 Ukrainian rescuers have been killed and 201 others injured since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
We try to support Ukrainian rescuers with resources — we regularly collect and send donations for them from American firefighters, hold charity events, and organized a professional educational trip to the U.S. for Ukrainian firefighters to exchange experiences and new acquaintances 🧑🚒
Let’s do it together! You can donate gear or volunteer. Details are on our website!
AUGUST 21, 2023
🔥 Campfire Safety First! 🔥
Hey adventurers! As you gear up for your next camping trip, remember that a cozy campfire comes with responsibility. Remember your safety while you chill out at home.
Here are some vital tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience:
1⃣ Know Before You Go: Check local regulations for fire bans or restrictions. Let’s keep our wilderness and everyone safe!
2⃣ Pick Your Spot Wisely: Choose a clear area away from overhanging branches and tents. Safety starts with location!
3⃣ Clear the Zone: Create a 10-foot ring free from leaves and flammable materials. Space is your friend!
4⃣ Embrace Designated Pits: Use established fire pits or create a safe one with rocks. Let’s keep it contained.
5⃣ Tiny & Mighty: Keep the fire manageable. A more minor fire means easier control and less risk.
6⃣ H2O on Standby: Always have water or a fire extinguisher ready to douse those flames if needed.
7⃣ Stay Vigilant: Never leave your campfire unattended. Safety is a team effort!
8⃣ Finish Strong: When you’re done, extinguish with water, stir the ashes, and ensure it’s cold.
Let’s protect our wild spaces and make memories safely. Share this post to spread the word and tag your adventure buddies! 🏕️🌲🌄
AUGUST 19, 2023
❗️🔥WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! 🔥❗️
Ukrainian Independence Day is coming, so we need volunteers to help us sort the received equipment and protective clothing! The sooner we do it — the sooner Ukrainian firefighters can get the help they need! Let’s gather for a global goal!
Our team recently received a significant donation from the Ogunquit Fire Department for Ukrainian firefighters. All the items are in our partner’s warehouse, Help Heroes of Ukraine, in Chicago, for further shipment to Ukraine.
We await all the free volunteers on August 22, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at the @helpheroesofukraine warehouse!
📍 450 Kehoe Blvd
Carol Stream, IL 60188
We can do this together! See you!
AUGUST 18, 2023
Forest fires in Hawaii have spread quickly across the island due to the elemental nature. The fire burned entire neighborhoods in the city of Lahaina. Because of the number of victims, the fire has been called the greatest disaster in Hawaii’s history when it became a U.S. state 🚒🔥
👉 The wildfires in Hawaii have claimed the lives of at least 80 people. According to the latest data, the fire in Lahaina is 85% contained, while the fire in the vicinity of the island of Maui is only 50% contained.
We are confident American firefighters will bravely cope with the natural disaster thanks to their skill and fortitude! 🇺🇸
Ukrainian firefighters also express their outstanding support to their American colleagues. The whole world hopes for a speedy resolution of the situation! 👩🚒🙏
AUGUST 14, 2023
🔥 August 9: Forest Fire Protection Day in the U.S. 🔥
August 9 is recognized as Forest Fire Protection Day in the U.S., let’s take a moment to appreciate the efforts of firefighters who work tirelessly to protect our forests. Their dedication keeps our communities and natural spaces safe from the threat of wildfires.
On this day, consider supporting local firefighting initiatives, raising awareness about fire prevention, or simply expressing gratitude to those who put their lives on the line to safeguard our environment. Be attentive, save nature, and be responsible in this case. Together, we can make a difference in preserving our forests for future generations 🌲🇺🇸
AUGUST 9, 2023
Unforgettable educational experience at the 11th Fire and Rescue Department of Kharkiv!
Recently, Kharkiv children and their parents visited the city’s 11th Fire and Rescue Department @dsns_kharkiv , where our friend and dedicated firefighter Roman Kachanov @roman.kachanov.ua works. It was a unique opportunity to learn more about the work and lives of real heroes – firefighters! 🧑🚒👨🚒
This day was full of excitement and learning. Little researchers with big dreams had the opportunity to meet the firefighters who risk their lives every day to save others. The kids admired the rescue equipment, the fire trucks, and their work. They had the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of professional rescuers, feel themselves like rescuers and explore all the equipment🚨Fascinating, isn’t it?
It was a useful experience, as the Kharkiv firefighters also shared with the children of Ukraine the information they learned during their trip to America when they visited several American fire stations!
AUGUST 7, 2023
🕊️ Stand for Ukraine: Uniting Hearts, Healing Wounds 🇺🇦💔
The war has brought devastation and heartbreak to Ukraine, leaving deep scars. These people are from Kherson, Ukraine, but they try to stay strong and even smile. As we witness the consequences of conflict, we are reminded of the importance of unity and support for our fellow human beings.
Let us not turn a blind eye to the hardships the people of Ukraine face. Together, we can serve as a source of comfort and hope for those who are struggling due to the ongoing crisis.
Every small act of kindness can make a difference, from raising awareness to helping. Together, we can empower Ukraine to rebuild and heal 🙏
Join us in supporting Ukraine in its journey toward peace and recovery. Together, we can show the world the strength of compassion and solidarity.
AUGUST 4, 2023
🔥 Firefighter Fun Facts: Did You Know? 🔥
Get ready to be amazed by these five fascinating and lesser-known facts about #firefighters! 🚒💡
1️⃣ The first organized firefighting force dates back to ancient Rome. Emperor Augustus established a group known as the «Vigiles,» responsible for combating fires and keeping the city safe.
2️⃣ Firefighters have their special language called «firefighter speak» or «fireground communications.» It uses specific codes and abbreviations to relay information quickly and efficiently during emergencies.
3️⃣ Firefighters’ turnout gear (protective clothing) can weigh up to 75 pounds (34 kg). That’s like carrying a whole bunch of heavy textbooks on their backs!
4️⃣ Dalmatians were commonly kept in fire stations in the past. They got along well with the horses used to pull fire engines. These loyal dogs also helped calm the horses during fire responses.
5️⃣ Firefighters are true innovators, utilizing advanced technology like thermal imaging cameras, drones, and communication systems to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness in fire suppression and rescue operations.
🌟 These intriguing facts give you a glimpse into the lives of these everyday heroes. Let’s celebrate the bravery, dedication, and remarkable skills of firefighters who go above and beyond to keep us safe.
Do you have any interesting firefighter facts to share? Comment below, and let’s continue to appreciate these incredible individuals who make a difference every day! 💪👩🚒👨🚒
JULY 31, 2023
Kharkiv firefighters save people daily, putting out fires and constantly risking their lives. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, the #Kharkiv garrison of rescuers has received ten calls daily throughout the region.
The journalists of Voice of America @holosameryky tell how their American colleagues help them and what Ukrainian #firefighters have faced during the war 👨🚒🎬
We thank the journalists for their attention to Kharkiv firefighters and our friends @roman.kachanov.ua and Serhii Bilous, who recently visited the United States. We are proud of our heroes and heroes of Ukraine! 🕊️
JULY 26, 2023
Making an Impact: Saving Lives, Protecting Communities! 🔥
All the Ukrainian firefighters are true heroes, fearlessly facing danger to protect lives and communities. Today, we proudly share the outcomes of our collective efforts, showcasing the remarkable impact we’ve made together!
🚒 With unwavering dedication, our courageous firefighters have responded to countless emergencies, battling flames and rescuing trapped individuals. Their heroic actions inspire us all to stand strong in adversity.
Thanks to your support, we’ve provided advanced tools and training, collected gears, and special equipment, enabling Ukrainian firefighters to reach new levels of efficiency and effectiveness in their life-saving missions. We sincerely thank every supporter and donor who contributed to our cause. Your generosity has made a tangible impact on the safety and well-being of Ukrainians!🙏
🤝 Join us! Let’s support these heroes as they continue to protect and serve. With your help, we can build a safer future for all!
JULY 22, 2023
A terrible night for Odesa and Mykolaiv regions 😡🚒🔥
Russia attacked grain terminals and port infrastructure in the ports of Odesa and Chornomorsk. On the night of July 19, Russia launched a targeted air attack on grain terminals in the ports. The infrastructure of international and Ukrainian traders was damaged. Several large fires were extinguished overnight 👩🚒
❗️The worst factor is that civilian objects were destroyed: several new houses in Odesa were damaged while people slept, dozens of cars were damaged beyond repair, trade pavilions, a fireworks warehouse, technical facilities were burning, and, most frighteningly, more than 30 people were injured ❗️
‼️ Civilians are suffering. Innocent children and adults are suffering. The price for peace is measured in human lives ‼️
We support Odesa with all our hearts and are ready to help in any way we can! We wish to stay strong to the firefighters and peace to all the Ukrainians! 🙏🕊
JULY 19, 2023
We have some incredible news to share! Polsky Foundation is overwhelmed with gratitude as we got our largest donation — it is from the Ogunquit Fire Department 🎉💪
This generous contribution was delivered to our partners’ warehouse in New Jersey, and we couldn’t be happier about the continuance of our mission with the unwavering support of Ukrainian firefighters from the US 🚒🤝
But that’s not all! We want to thank our reliable partners from @helpheroesofukraine for their exceptional assistance. With their quick thinking and dedication, they were able to rally volunteers in the blink of an eye to help us with donated items 🙏💙
Together, we are making a difference and providing critical resources to our brave Ukrainian firefighters. With your support, we can equip them with the necessary tools and gear to save lives and protect their country.
Join us and donate today. Every contribution matters and brings us one step closer to ensuring the safety of Ukrainian firefighters on the frontlines!
JULY 18, 2023
Join Us in Supporting Ukrainian Firefighters in Need! 🚒🔥❤️
In times of crisis, unity and solidarity become even more essential. Ukraine’s brave firefighters face extraordinary challenges as they combat wildfires that are destroying their communities. It’s our turn to step up and lend a helping hand!
Look at how people worldwide support Ukrainian #firefighters. Look how many people want to support Ukrainian heroes! From heartfelt messages to financial contributions, every act of kindness makes a difference. Our slideshow features touching screenshots of messages of support from both Americans and Ukrainians, demonstrating the power of international unity.
Join us as we come together to extend our support to Ukrainian firefighters. Together, we can significantly impact them and provide them with the necessary resources to continue their vital work.
Please spread the word, share this post, and let’s make a positive difference in the lives of these incredible heroes. Together, we can help Ukraine 🇺🇦🤝
JULY 14, 2023
One more exciting news!
The Kharkiv State Emergency Service @dsns_kharkiv recognized Serhii Bilious, a firefighter from the Kharkiv region who recently visited America, and gave him a special award for his bravery and high level of professionalism during emergency rescue operations at Ukrainian energy facilities.
During the time Polsky Foundation representatives spent with Sergey in the US, we were impressed by his enthusiasm and attitude toward his work. He is a brave, educated, and open-minded person who inspires by example. He is our friend, and we are truly happy about his success! 🚒💪🏻
We are proud of Ukrainian #firefighters, consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to interact and be friends with them, and, of course, hope for peace in #Ukraine as soon as possible! 🇺🇦🇺🇸
JULY 11, 2023
Meeting of the century! 🎉
Polsky Foundation representatives met up with the cool musicians from @djprobass, who already have their charity tour of America with @unitedhelpua. Thousands of people in their cities came to see PROBASS ∆ HARDI live on their North American Charity Tour!
Ukrainians and Americans met the musicians with positivity and love, thanks to which they raised money to support Ukraine! 🇺🇦🇺🇸 100% of all proceeds will go toward the people of Ukraine!
We spent a great time at a fantastic location — Cloud Gate — a public sculpture that is the centerpiece of Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. We showed the city’s tourist heart, as the sculpture is popular among tourists as a place for photos because of its unique reflective properties.
Together, we can make a difference! It was nice to meet you, guys! 👋🏻
JULY 10, 2023
🎆 Happy Independence Day, United States! 🇺🇸✨
Today, we honor the courage, vision, and sacrifices of those who shaped our nation and secured our freedom🗽🎉
On this particular day, let’s unite to celebrate the great principles of America: liberty, equality, and opportunity for all! As we gather with loved ones, let’s express gratitude to the brave men and women who serve our country and protect our freedom!
Wishing you a day filled with joy, pride, and unity as we celebrate our history and the boundless possibilities of the future.
Happy Independence Day, America! 🇺🇸💙💛
JULY 4, 2023
Happy Ukrainian Constitution Day! 🇺🇦✨
Today, as we commemorate the birth of the Ukrainian Constitution, let us also recognize the bravery and dedication of the incredible firefighters who protect this independent country day in and day out 🚒🔥
On this particular day, let’s recommit ourselves to the values of democracy, justice, and equality that our Constitution embodies. It is not just a document; it is a call to action! There is a manuscript that declares all the life statements for building a legal and peaceful country — so everyone should do their best to do it better!
Together, we can make a difference. Let’s ensure that the rights and freedoms enshrined in Ukrainian Constitution are protected and accessible to all. Let’s promote inclusivity, advocate for social justice, and foster an environment where everyone’s voice is heard. Together to peace and the brightest future! 🕊
JUNE 28, 2023
People die in #Ukraine every day. There are thousands of victims – civil Ukrainians, militaries, rescuers, and doctors. Ukrainian defenders continue to do their best to save lives despite the challenges. But Ukraine still needs support and resources to address the ongoing difficulties caused by the war.
When the war began, the occupiers destroyed or seized more than 1,300 emergency vehicles. The remaining 54% of automobiles are both morally and technologically outmoded. Due to constant use and damage, the kit quickly falls into disrepair. Another problem is the accessibility of safety equipment.
Together we must rebuild the country, train #firefighters, and equip them with the necessary tools. Standing together will make the difference! 🕊️🙌
JUNE 26, 2023
A Musical Expedition Unveiled: PROBASS Captivating American Tour! 🎶✨
Get ready to embark on an unforgettable musical journey as we proudly announce the much-anticipated American tour of the @djprobass @probasshardiofficial! 🎉🎸
PROBASS ∆ HARDI – Ukraine’s top trending electronic band is launching its first tour in the U.S. Their hit songs such as «Good Evening, Where Are You From? (Good Evening, We Are From Ukraine)» and others have been streamed over 80 million times.
📆 Save the date!
▫️June 30th — New York
▫️July 2nd — Philly
▫️July 3rd — Washington, D.C.
▫️July 8th — Chicago
▫️July 9th — Detroit
While this tour isn’t explicitly dedicated to supporting firefighters, we believe in the power of music to unite and uplift communities, including those in need. In honor of this incredible opportunity, we thank the partners @unitedhelpua who organized these concerts!
🔥 Use the code promo$40 for a $40 ticket! 🔥
Share this post and tag a friend who would love to participate in this musical journey! Join PROBASS ∆ HARDI For The North American Tour Supporting
JUNE 21, 2023
Supporting Firefighters in Need: A Heartwarming Gesture from James Lewandowski and Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department! 🤝🚒
We are incredibly proud to share this heartwarming story of generosity and solidarity. James Lewandowski and the incredible team at Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department have donated gear to support our fellow firefighters in Ukraine who are in dire need of assistance 🙌 We will deliver it as soon as possible!
Together, we can inspire others to lend a helping hand and create a safer world for everyone. Tag a friend who appreciates the bravery and dedication of firefighters worldwide! We have 18 warehouses all over the U.S., and if you know someone who can donate used or special gear for Ukrainian defenders — contact us! We don`t accept monetary donations, but we are always happy to get some equipment for Ukrainian firefighters! 🕊
JUNE 19, 2023
Rescuers in the Kharkiv region just got medals, and we’re thrilled that that the government is paying attention and acknowledging defenders in these hard times! 🙏
The Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv Region @dsns_kharkiv held an official celebration to thank the heroes of the Kharkiv region for their hard work and bravery to help Ukraine get rid of the affects of Russian aggression.
The medal “For the Defense of the Hero City of Kharkiv” was also given to Roman Kachanov @roman.kachanov.ua, Major of the Civil Protection Service and Head of the 11th State Emergency Rescue Unit 🏅
Heroes of Ukraine are heroes for the whole world! 👩🚒
JUNE 12, 2023
🚨 Urgent Request! 🚨
Bakhmach in the #Chernihiv region urgently requires our assistance at Fire Station No. 14. The city’s population is only 16,862. At least 65 Russian military units crossed through #Bachmach on February 26, 2022, and there were probably another 100 or more on the outside.
And now the situation is critical, with an immediate requirement of 60 fire hoses that they last got 12 years ago. Its 29 firefighters also need essential equipment, including helmets, belts, gloves, shoes, lanterns, and rescue ropes.
Last summer, they were fortunate to receive a new truck, but devastatingly, it was taken away after just three months. Now, we can support these brave firefighters who risk their lives to keep the community safe.
Let’s come together and make a difference! Your contributions can save lives and protect the city of Bakhmach. Please share this post and contact us if you can donate something!
Every contribution matters!
JUNE 8, 2023
🚨 URGENT RESCUE MISSION: ECOCIDE IN KACHOVKA (KHERSON), UKRAINE! 🚨
A devastating ecocide has struck Kachovka, Ukraine, threatening precious lives and our ecosystem. This is a call to action like never before! Over 40,000 people must be evacuated, thousands of people and animals are drowned, and Kakhovska Dam is entirely underwater.
Ukrainian rescuers work 24/7 to save people and drain the water, but they urgently need special equipment⤵️:
▫️RIB BRIG Falcon Tenders F570 Sport
▫️Patrol Powerboat UMS-1000
▫️Outboard Motor SUZUKI DF90ATL
▫️Boat Trailer Kyyashko
▫️Humminbird HELIX 9 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N
▫️SEA-DOO VS SUPERCHARGED PLUS
▫️Guardian Mask OTS Spectrum FFM w/+ Buddy Phone D2
▫️OTS Aquacom®️ STX-101
▫️OTS Aquacom SSB-2010, 4-Channel Transceiver
▫️Dive Rite EX35 canister flashlight
▫️LOWRANCE STRUCTURESCAN 3D (LSS-3D)
▫️FORTIUS 420 Pressure Chamber
▫️Barocamera VITAERIS 320
▫️Boat with side-view sonar
▫️Diver’s electronic panel
▫️Rapid deployment diving station
▫️Kirby Morgan Superlite diving helmets
▫️Santi Enduro wetsuit
▫️Undersuit for a dry wetsuit Aqualung undersuit arctic 300
▫️Suunto Vyper Novo underwater computer
▫️Suunto LED transmitter
▫️Bts Steel Scuba Tank 15L
▫️SEAC Modular Buoyancy Compensator
▫️Diving kit, regulator Apeks XTX 100 DIN and octopus XTX40 with console
▫️Diving suit wet type Aqua Lung Safaga (SET) + helmet
▫️Aqualung Aleutian Kevlar neoprene gloves
▫️RK3 – Dive Fins
▫️Mask Scubapro Spectra
▫️Guide Rescue Vest
▫️Aqualung Wenoka Big Squeeze Lock Knife, Blunt Tip
▫️The Dive Rite Line Cutter
▫️Helmet Waterproof H1 5/10mm
⏰ Time is of the essence, and the situation demands immediate intervention. We urgently need YOUR expertise, passion, and commitment to combat this genocide!
JUNE 9, 2023
Brave and unbreakable #Kharkiv firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @nachkar393 @chernomor.a.a @dsns_kharkiv @dsns_ukraine received two fire trucks from American partners and donors with the help of @ua_resistance_foundation_ 🙏 Now they can react more quickly to danger and save more people! Watch the video for details! 🙌
JUNE 6, 2023
Celebrating Children’s Day! 👶
On this particular occasion of #Children‘s Day, let’s remember all the good things we do every day for our kids and congratulate them in this warm summer day 🚒❤️
While children enjoy their laughter and innocence, remember the selfless heroes who protect them from danger. These courageous #firefighters often face challenging conditions and lack essential resources for life-saving duties. Imagine the smiles on children’s faces when they see a firetruck racing to their rescue or the calming words of a firefighter ensuring their safety. These everyday heroes are the pillars of strength for our children, but they need our support too.
Every child deserves to grow up in a safe environment; every kid must have a happy and enjoyable childhood, and everyone needs protection and peace.
Hug all the Ukrainian children! Congratulations to all the little heroes in the world! You are our best future!
JUNE 1, 2023
🔥 Supporting Ukrainian Firefighters: How Braves Face Fire Daily🔥
Ukrainian defenders bravely stand in the face of danger and destruction, risking their lives to keep others safe. We highlight the brave Ukrainian firefighters today because their everlasting dedication and devotion are very inspirational 🇺🇦
These powerful photos show the damage caused by a recent rocket attack on the Kharkiv region as a reminder of these brave people’s daily struggles. They represent the essence of heroism since they are the first responders in danger.
But even when the fire is put out, they continue to fight. Firefighters from Ukraine continue their hard work to clean the area of destruction, assist the afflicted people, and provide consolation to those who have lost everything. They stand as a foundation of support and hope when things are tough.
Today, let us unite in support of these extraordinary people 💪🏽❤️ By raising awareness and extending a helping hand, we can contribute to their mission of saving lives and rebuilding Ukraine. Together we can make a difference!
🚒 Join us in spreading the word about the invaluable work of Ukrainian firefighters. Share this post, tag your friends, and use the hashtag #HelpUkrainianFirefighters to show your solidarity. Let’s ensure their bravery and sacrifice are acknowledged and honored!
MAY 31, 2023
Supporting Ukrainian firefighters with equipment and protection items is our main task today and always
We continue our global mission after our two-week journey with the Ukrainian firefighters from Kharkiv @roman.kachanov.ua @chernomor.a.a @nachkar393 . It is essential to support Ukrainian defenders now as much as possible in their mission to protect life in the country.
Now we are looking for opportunities to partner with other organizations to gather as much firefighter equipment as possible and ship it to Ukraine to help support those fighting for their own country.
The Main Directorate of the SES of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region is in dire need of the following material values:
Structural Fire PPE
Fire protective hoods.
Firefighter protective helmets.
Firefighter structural jackets.
Firefighter structural pants.
Firefighter structural boots.
Firefighter structural gloves.
Firefighter structural goggles.
Fire Resistant Suit Thermal Radiation 1000 Degree Heat Resistant
Portable scene lighting.
Analog and digital UHF radios and base stations.
Climbing equipment: systems, carabiners, ropes, blocks, descending devices, belaying devices, and lifting devices.
Hand tools: Hooligans, fire axes, «American» scoop and bayonet shovels, crowbars.
SCBA complete set Scott/ MSA/ Drager-PSS 4000.
K12 Rescue saw.
Battery-operated cutting tool.
Battery-powered and hydraulic rescue tools: spreaders, rescue cylinders (RAMs), cutters, and combi tools.
Heavy machinery: Crane manipulator, heavy tow truck.
Fire apparatus and ambulances.
Contact us, please, if you wish to make an impact!
MAY 24, 2023
It was a great adventure and a powerful experience for all our team and for Ukrainian firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @nachkar393 @chernomor.a.a @oskachko! Let’s do our best for further international collaborations, peace in Ukraine and interesting partnership! #fdic #fdic2023 #ukrainianfirefighters #helpukraine #supportukraine #firefighter_brotherhood #ukrainewar #dsnsukraine #usa 🇺🇸🇺🇦
MAY 19, 2023
Today, on the 8th of May, we remember and honor those who lost their lives during the Second World War. It is a time of remembrance and reconciliation as we reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to secure the freedoms we appreciate today 🙏🏻
We pay tribute to the soldiers who fought bravely, the fallen rescuers, the civilians who endured unimaginable hardship, and the families who lost loved ones. We also acknowledge the role played by those who worked tirelessly to promote peace and reconciliation in the aftermath of the war.
As we remember the past, let us look to the future with hope and determination. Let us work together to build a world where every conflict is resolved peacefully, and all people can live in dignity and freedom.
Let us honor the memory of those who gave their lives by fighting for a better world, and let us never forget the lessons of the past.
MAY 8, 2023
Our dream team with Ukrainian firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @nachkar393 @chernomor.a.a @woman_from_greenleaf_street , completed their two-week professional tour in America! 🚒🇺🇸
Participation in the conference and H.O.T. as part of the @fdicindy, dozens of new acquaintances, help and support from partners, learning how fire departments work in different cities and states, a warm welcome from the Ukrainian diaspora, meeting with top U.S. officials and a long-awaited introduction to the Polsky Foundation, who organized all the logistics and did everything to make this trip happen — all these things are unforgettable! 🔥
We thank each other for this experience, thank everyone who came up, got to know us, supported us with resources, thank you for the donations and gift, many thanks to all the good from everyone! Ukrainian firefighters got invaluable international experience, knowledge and gears that will help them and their colleagues do their work even better and protect #Ukrainians.
We can do anything together! 🇺🇦 🇺🇸
MAY 7, 2023
🔥 Honoring Our Partners: @unitedhelpua 🔥
We are incredibly grateful to meet with the representatives of United Help Ukraine. This organization has been unwavering in supporting the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian defenders since the beginning of the war.
United Help Ukraine has been a vital partner in our mission, standing by us every step of the way. Their dedication and commitment to assisting Ukrainians have been remarkable.
Together with United Help Ukraine, Polsky Foundation has worked to ensure that crucial aid reaches those in need. From facilitating the shipment of essential gear to providing financial support, they have played a vital role in helping us overcome numerous challenges.
We sincerely thank United Help Ukraine for its partnership and support. Together, we will continue to make a difference and bring hope to those affected by the conflict 🙏
MAY 7, 2023
Paying Respect to Our Fallen Heroes
Our visit to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation @fireheronfff in Washington was an emotionally charged experience that will forever be etched in our hearts. We had the profound honor of paying our respects to the fallen brothers and sisters of the American fire service at the hallowed grounds of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
The memorial is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by these courageous individuals who selflessly risked their lives to protect others. We stood in solemn silence, reflecting on their unwavering dedication and profound impact on the firefighting community.
But our journey didn’t end there. NFFF’s outstanding staff told us about the foundation’s history and tireless efforts to remember fallen firefighters and support their families. It was an eye-opening experience reinforcing the importance of unity, compassion, and remembrance within the firefighting community.
We are forever grateful to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for their warm welcome and for enlightening us with their dedication and unwavering service!
MAY 6, 2023
We were happy to continue our journey with Ukrainian firefighters in Washington D.C. and meet two outstanding and very positive people who represent bravery and passion in the world of firefighting: Chief Tonya Hoover, Deputy Fire Administrator, and Superintendent Eriks Gabliks, Director of the National Fire Academy, which is under the direct authority of the White House and the American President!!! 🙌
Their knowledge and expertise impressed us. We experienced their undying dedication to the firefighting profession and their extraordinary influence on the future of education and training. Our hearts filled with pride as we exchanged stories, shared experiences, shew videos from Ukraine and learned important lessons from these extraordinary people.
In recognition of this historic occasion, our firefighters also awarded Tonya Hoover with Ukrainian chevrons.
We extend our deepest gratitude to Deputy Fire Administrator Chief Tonya Hoover and Superintendent Eriks Gabliks for their warm welcome and for sharing their invaluable insights. They are true inspirations to us all! 🙏
MAY 6, 2023
Our hearts were filled with reverence and gratitude as we visited the hallowed grounds of the 9/11 Memorial in New York. As Ukrainian firefighters, we stand in solidarity with our American counterparts and pay tribute to the brave souls who sacrificed their lives on that fateful day.
We also saw the @one_wtc that reminds us of the unyielding spirit that rises from the ashes.
Grateful for the opportunity to pay our respects and see these powerful symbols of resilience 🙏
MAY 5, 2023
🚒 Our Ukrainian firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @chernomor.a.a @nachkar393 @oskachko had an incredible experience spending evening at Brooklyn Fire Station 217. They joined forces with our American colleagues, sharing delicious meals that were cooked on-site, and exchanging stories that touched our hearts 🙌
Our firefighters witnessed firsthand the dedication and bravery of the firefighters of Station 217, who welcomed our group with open arms.
Ukrainian firefighters shared their experiences, offering a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of firefighting back in Ukraine. The exchange of stories was enlightening and a testament to the universal spirit of courage and resilience that unites firefighters worldwide.
🙏 To our American colleagues at Brooklyn Fire Station 217, we sincerely appreciate the warmth and hospitality you showed. Thank you for embracing us as part of your team and allowing us to experience the true brotherhood of firefighters.
@oskachko @vasiaravliuk @dzi329
MAY 5, 2023
Our guys visited one more fire station in #NYC! The bond formed between the Ukrainian and American firefighters was truly inspiring. They shared stories, techniques, and strategies, highlighting the universal language of firefighting that transcends borders. It was a powerful reminder of the global community of first responders ready to protect and serve. The most touching moment was when Chief John Ceriello took off his hat in recognition of Ukrainian power! 🙏
The Ukrainian and American firefighters proudly signed the #UA flag to celebrate this special occasion as a symbol of unity and solidarity. The flag represents the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian people. By signing it, they expressed gratitude for the warm welcome from their American counterparts.
Rescue 1, FDNY — the toughest squad in the USA. We appreciate your support! 🇺🇦🇺🇸
MAY 4, 2023
MAY 4, 2023
🔥 Honoring Our Heroes: Ukrainian Firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @chernomor.a.a @nachkar393 Work Together with the Chicago Fire Academy and the FD Marine Station 🔥
When our brave Ukrainian firefighters visited the famed Chicago Fire Academy and the awe-inspiring Chicago FD Marine Station, it was an incredible experience!
These brave men and women, who have experienced the challenges of working in war zones, joined forces with Chicago’s outstanding firefighters to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and build the connection of worldwide unity.
The hands-on training sessions allowed our heroes to gain knowledge and skills from the Chicago Fire Academy’s recognized professionals.
Our Ukrainian firefighters had the great opportunity to see the incredible world of firefighting on the water at the Chicago FD Marine Station. They were astounded by modern technology and impressed by the bravery and ability of the maritime firefighters who protect the city’s coastline.
Curtis Hudson, Assistant Director of training at Chicago Fire department, even cut off his chevron from his uniform to give it to Ukrainian firefighters! Such a moment of unity will be remembered for a lifetime! They also took part in a heartfelt ceremony when they signed both Ukrainian and American flags, signifying the strong tie between our two countries and their firefighting brotherhood 🇺🇦🤝🇺🇸
MAY 3, 2023
Today was significant for Ukrainian firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @nachkar393 @chernomor.a.a who have been in the US for over a week. They finally visited the Polsky Foundation’s office, which had organized their trip and participation in the FDIC 👏🏻
Ukrainian firefighters introduced themselves and thanked the foundation for sponsoring the trip, as well as for their assistance during the time of war. It is a lot of work, and Ukrainian defenders are grateful for the opportunity for professional development and emotional support. As a result, they could visit the FDIC exhibition and trainings, where they interacted with American firefighters and enhanced their knowledge and skills.
This experience has been both professionally and personally rewarding for them. Polsky Foundation continues to support Ukraine, help Ukrainian firefighters, and keep in touch with all the partners to achieve the global goal and approximate the victory of Ukraine! 🇺🇦🇺🇸🙏
MAY 3, 2023
🌟 A Heartfelt Thank You to Amboy Fire Department! 🌟
We are incredibly grateful to the fantastic team at Amboy Fire Department and Jeff Bryant @brains9962 personally for warmly embracing our #Ukrainian #firefighters. Your support, including organizing a press conference, providing permanent assistance, and donating firefighting equipment, has tremendously impacted over the last year 🙏
Our firefighters could talk to American journalists, explore the #Amboy Fire Department and learn more about modern firefighting equipment. It is a fantastic experience – we are honored to call you our partners and friends. Finally, we got a big donation – a firetruck and gear for Ukrainian rescuers!
Thank you, @perthamboyfireofficers, for your compassion and unwavering support. Together, we will continue protecting lives and ensuring the safety of Ukrainian communities 🇺🇸🇺🇦
MAY 3, 2023
International friendship at the highest level! Ukrainian firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @nachkar393 @chernomor.a.a were gratefully gifted a fire engine for Kharkiv when they visited Bedford Park Fire Station! It will significantly enhance their capabilities, allowing them to better defend and serve the Ukrainian people.
Many thanks to the amazing Bedford Park firefighters for their generous donation. We are working together to make the world a safer place!
MAY 2, 2023
The productive days continue, and Ukrainian @roman.kachanov.ua @nachkar393 @chernomor.a.a firefighters are making important connections in the United States! Meet Fire Chief David Caulk from Shoal Creek Fire Protection District. This man and his team did their best to be so helpful to the Kharkiv rescuers!
David’s squad is made up of 25 volunteers. They demonstrated tremendous support for Ukrainian firefighters by delivering 40 complete air packs and spare bottles, a folding backboard, a “stair chair device,” and spinal immobilization tools to our warehouse.
We are truly grateful for your assistance and attention! This equipment will be supplied to Ukrainian firefighters soon. We feel honored to meet such nice and friendly people along our journey 🇺🇸🇺🇦
MAY 2, 2023
Ukrainian firefighters @chernomor.a.a @roman.kachanov.ua @nachkar393 finally met our good friends and partners from @helprazom! Together with them, we arrange firefighting equipment collection and shipment for Ukrainian firefighters!
During our meeting, we explored the central warehouse; the Ukrainian guys looked through the equipment and outfit being prepared for transporting to #Ukraine to assess whether it suits today’s military reality. We also signed flags of our countries to recognize our friendship and mutual aid! 🇺🇸🇺🇦
Furthermore, we discussed new ways to assist Ukrainian defenders, generated cool ideas, and will try to implement them as soon as possible!
Thank you for being so cooperative; it was a great meeting! Together for a peaceful future 🙌
The Indianapolis Fire Department assisted Ukrainian firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @oskachko @chernomor.a.a @nachkar393 in exploring the city’s fire stations, the 911 call center, and the organization of emergency services interaction. Thanks to the efforts of one of the @ifd_news members, now our friend and partner, @tumbler082, we could see all of these emergency centers outside and inside! He was with us frequently and supported our team during all time on FDIC!
Troy provided constant help and dedication to Ukrainian firefighters during our stay in Indianapolis. His attention to details and support in all our ideas and wishes are invaluable.
Every step of the way, we appreciate his assistance! Troy agreed to come to #Kharkiv, and we’re looking forward to meeting him in a peaceful Ukraine 🇺🇦🇺🇸
🙏 A sincere thank you to @ericschlett, @fdicindy Executive Vice President, for his incredible support and hospitality during our recent visit. We’re grateful for the opportunity to attend such a remarkable conference and showcase Ukrainian firefighters @nachkar393 @roman.kachanov.ua @chernomor.a.a @oskachko globally. It’s a great experience for our guys, and we are happy to be a part of such a large professional community!
Your generosity and attention to our cause have left a lasting impact. Many thanks for organizing an outstanding event and empowering us to make a difference 🚒🔥
APRIL 30, 2023
🔥 Huge thanks to the @fdicindy 🔥
Polsky Foundation and Ukrainian firefighters @roman.kachanov.ua @oskachko @nachkar393 @chernomor.a.a are incredibly grateful for the amazing experience at this year’s event. The training, networking, conference, and exhibition were all outstanding. It was an honor to represent Ukrainian firefighters and showcase the situation in Ukraine to the world. We got a great support and knowledge! 🙏
The organization was impeccable, and every detail was carefully attended to. We connected with inspiring professionals, exchanged knowledge, and built lasting friendships. It was fantastic to connect with so many people in the firefighting industry.
Thanks to #FDIC2023 for an unforgettable event. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and made this such a memorable exoperience. Thanks to all of firefighters for professional support! Looking forward to future collaborations! 🙌
APRIL 30, 2023
Meet Brian Hills @orbitermedic, an honored friend and partner of the Kharkiv firemen! 👋🏻👨🚒
When the full-scale war started in Ukraine, this man contacted @roman.kachanov.ua directly and, from the first days of the war, organized the supply of special firefighting equipment and gear for Ukrainian rescuers! He provided protective gear to dozens of firefighters!
When Bill discovered that the Ukrainian firefighters are in the United States, he came to Indianapolis to @fdicindy from Florida to meet them and demonstrate his support! That’s fantastic! 🙌
Our gratitude is limitless, and we hope to have many more such close partnerships in the future! Thank you for helping us! 🇺🇸 🇺🇦
APRIL 30, 2023