As part of IBEW 1245’s ongoing effort to provide safety equipment and training to linemen in developing nations, the union sent a second package of donated supplies to a group of linemen in Bangladesh (the first package was sent earlier this spring).
Assistant Business Manager Bob Gerstle, who is spearheading the effort, worked to collect the supplies from a number of different sources. Tools were donated by Buckingham Corp, FR clothes were donated by Placerville apprentice Matt Ramey, and rope was donated by Davey Tree (procured by Business Rep Abel Sanchez).
In addition to the supplies, Local 1245 lineman Carl Kheen, who works at SMUD, has also been providing online skills and safety training to the Bangladeshi linemen via social media, using the Facebook live video feature.
The group of linemen in Bangladesh are extremely grateful to Local 1245 for the supplies and training. Bangladeshi lineman Rakibul Islam sent these photos to Gerstle to show their appreciation.