Stihl Inc. announced Jan. 3 that it is now the exclusive handheld outdoor power equipment sponsor of Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), a network of professionals with first-responder skill sets. The volunteers provide their expertise, in the United States and abroad, when natural disasters strike and augment local resources with the goal of accelerating relief efforts. Stihl, recognized as the “Official Chain Saw” during missions, including relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, also provides equipment training in preparation for the local and international missions as part of the relationship.
Originally founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Walker, ROWW activates its deployments within hours and has a passion to aid the victims of disasters. The organization and its volunteers travel to affected areas and utilize skills, including project management, logistics, heavy equipment operation, EMT paramedic training, firefighting, nursing and other first-responder disciplines. Stihl provides the necessary outdoor power equipment tools to help the volunteers in their relief efforts and recovery processes, including chain saws, augers and cut-off machines.
“We consistently respond to areas where the storm has left roads blocked,” said J.D. Dorfman, operations manager at ROWW and a trained firefighter. “Responders, like us, cannot gain access to those in need without first clearing a path. We need the highest-quality products that will get the job done every time, and Stihl is our brand of choice.”
“We at Stihl feel privileged to support Reach Out Worldwide in their efforts to help others through tough times,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for Stihl Inc. “Our team will be providing ROWW volunteers with not only the equipment they need to aid their efforts, but also the training for them to use it properly and safely.”
ROWW also utilizes Stihl products for localized outreach programs that benefit distressed communities, such as in Pasadena, Calif., where ROWW is currently renovating properties and creating sustainable community gardens for residents.
For more information on ROWW, visit www.roww.org.