GlobalFire started as an operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF), a registered Canadian charity. DMGF also has GlobalMedic and GlobalWater as operational arms.
DMGF was created in the spring of 1998 in honour of David McAntony Gibson, who tragically lost his life on February 7, 1998.
A remarkable man who believed in taking the time to help those around him both near and far, Mr. Gibson will be remembered by his friends, family and peers as caring, compassionate and dedicated. In keeping with David's spirit, DMGF is designed to help those in need around the world by providing relief supplies and equipment, and has adopted "Serving the Global Community" as its motto.
DMGF launches programs designed to strengthen the delivery of emergency services in the Third World. These objectives are achieved through the procurement of equipment, medicine, and supplies, as well as funding the delivery of training packages. All forms of aid are provided to the recipient free of charge.
DMGF's initial operational arm, GlobalMedic, has conducted emergency aid missions and training operations around the globe. The experience gained by GlobalMedic has identified a need to: conduct search and rescue; and assist local fire services both before and after an emergency incident. As such, GlobalFire was created, and is organized and equipped to undertake the following tasks:
- Perform technical searches and conduct technical rescues in post natural or man-made disaster environments worldwide.
- Collect and donate fire suppression equipment and train local first responders or an organized group of volunteers in fire fighting and first aid in developing nations.
- Inspect locations and install simple fire fighting systems in population dense areas that lack basic fire protection (such as camps that house refugees and internally displaced persons) and train local volunteers on the use of these systems.
On June 1, 2014, GlobalFire received registered charitable status and is now a standalone agency.