http://www.rescuethreads.com Rescue Threads, Inc is a manufacturing company whose soul purpose is to repurpose expired fire gear into functional, sturdy, attractive carrying gear. All profits go to Rescue Threads Foundation, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that distributes those profits to Firefighters, rescue workers, victims of fire and disaster, and encourages training and outreach to firefighters in underserved areas of the US and beyond.
When a set of fire gear reaches its expiration date, or when it no longer passes inspection, it must be taken out of service and, until now, destroyed and sent to a landfill. Rescue Threads Foundation collects fire gear from fire departments and guarantees the gear will never see service again. Rescue Threads, Inc. re-processes the gear into utilitarian cases, bags, wallets, etc., and offers them for sale. All the profits go back to the Rescue Threads Foundation for distribution to charity.
New firefighter gear is assembled with high-tech, compound fabrics under the highest quality standards. All components are of US manufacture, including buckles, snaps, zippers and fabric. At Rescue Threads, we use every bit of the original gear as it comes to us. When we need to source components, we get them from the same US companies that made them for the original garment. We are passionate about being "made in the USA".
Every fire tells a story. Every firefighter carries a hundred of those stories everyday. And every day, any given firefighter is ready to do what they have chosen: to rescue, to save, to fight a wildfire or extract an anonymous person from a crashed car. The gear was there, every step of the way; from the call, to the last embers, to the reflection of what happened.
The things we make from the gear worn by firefighters are emblematic of that experience. Rescue Threads is passionate about reducing waste by saving Firefighter gear from an unceremonious shredding and disposal in a landfill. But we are even more driven to recognize and remember what Firefighters have done and continue to do for all of us. Carrying their gear after the fire, is a symbolic gesture of respect, acknowledgment and mindfulness of all those stories those who were there have lived through.
Our target audience includes socially conscious people from 18 to 80. Brooklyn hipsters and rugged individualists, people who understand and appreciate the "making" of things. People who will not use a plastic bag at the grocery store. People who believe that we are all connected and that demonstrating that connectedness is important. People who want others to know, "hey, I care", and I feel connected by carrying the fabric of experience.