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Be a force multiplier and help us continue the mission. All funds are used to support Ukrainian first responders and their communities. (The button below will send you to our Fund The First Page)
Eric Hille, Founder- Eric is a combat veteran having served multiple tours in Iraq and Kosovo and now a Firefighter Engineer for the San Miguel Fire Protection District, he felt that as First Responders we needed to help our colleagues in Ukraine better serve their communities and out of that desire Project Joint Guardian was born.
Isaac Siegel, CEO- Isaac has been in the emergency services for sixteen years, starting his career with the USFS on the Los Padres Hotshots and now as a Captain with the City of Santa Barbara Fire Department. Having responded to many large-scale emergencies, Isaac understands the critical role first responders play in helping their community respond and recover from them, so when the conflict started in Ukraine, he felt that helping his fellow first responders was the best way that he could help the people of Ukraine in their time of need.
Derrick Rolfo, Operations Director - Derrick spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. After the Marines Corps, he spent 4 years as a PMC living in and around Afghanistan. He started with emergency services career 10 years ago with the USFS as a Helitak Firefighter. Currently he is a firefighter with the City of Shawnee, KS. Derrick's background has allowed him to lead teams into Ukraine to support our mission. For him, the loss of innocent lives is what drives his motivation for rescuing, training, volunteering, and dontaing to the Ukrainain people.
Vitaliy "The Fixer" Zalutskiy, Ukrainian Volunteer - Vitali was born in Volodymyr, Ukraine. In 1994 moved to USA. When the Orange Revolution began, in 2004 he returned to Ukraine. Oldest brother of 3 California firefighters, businessman and married to a wonderful wife and have three beautiful children. On his free time he likes to go off-roading or hunting. "When the war started, I could not stand aside. I became a volunteer from the first days. I started to evacuate people from Kyiv, Kharkiv then began to deliver food and medical aid throughout Ukraine."
Vitali was introduced to us through a PJG team member prior to our first mission to Ukraine. From day one, Vitali has been an extremely important asset to us. Much of what we do could not be done without his help. He has become a trusted member of this team and considered, by all, to be family.
Founded in 2022 Project Joint Guardian is a group of full-time firefighters from around the world who volunteer their time to help their fellow first responders better serve their communities during both man made and natural disasters. Project Joint Guardian has deployed its ten-person light USAR task force to Ukraine multiple times and has delivered donated firefighting, EMS and rescue equipment to frontline fire departments throughout Ukraine since the conflict began.
The mission of Project Joint Guardian is to act as force multiplier for good by delivering humanitarian aid in a new way. We leverage the knowledge and connections of local first responders by deploying our light USAR team to work alongside and train first responders in disaster areas. Our team ensures that equipment and aid are delivered to frontline workers and that it is utilized to its maximum effect by training them on its use and working in the field to deploy it effectively.
Project Joint Guardian believes it is one of the best charities to donate to due to the unique nature of our mission. As a Ukraine nonprofit we use our network of firefighters and first responders to not only distribute your donations, but those donations continue to make difference far beyond their initial recipients in the form of ongoing training and equipment use.
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