UTICA, N.Y. – The Rotary Club of Utica joined other branches of the organization to collect firefighter gear to send to Kosovo.
Over the past year, the Utica club has gathered 90 sets of jackets and pants, as well as boots, helmets and suspenders.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, volunteers loaded the gear into trucks so they could be transferred to the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where they will be boxed and shipped.
This effort is a continuation of a project started in 2014, collecting firefighter gear as part of a matching grant program.
This year, the Rotary collected 1,750 pounds of gear to ship to Kosovo.