They are on the front lines, often transporting people with COVID-19.
Saint Paul firefighters and EMT’s may have sufficient PPE to do their job, but need hand made or non-medical grade masks to wear around the station or at home. Every day they are transferring COVID-19 patients to Saint Paul hospitals and worry that they could be bringing it home and infecting their families and loved ones.
Emergency medical services (EMS) play a vital role in responding to requests to assistance, triaging patients, and providing emergency medical treatment and transport to people who are ill. However, unlike patient care in the controlled environment of a healthcare facility, care and transportation by EMS present unique challenges because of the nature of the setting - enclosed space during transport, frequent need for rapid medical decision-making and interventions with limited information.
The St. Paul Fire Foundation Executive Director, Cristine Shapira, reached out on their behalf. SPFF is a 501c3 registered non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting the firefighters on the Saint Paul Fire Department.
She said these masks would protect them from infecting others while at work, and just as importantly, at home. She passed along that they are so grateful for the public wanting to assist us during this unprecedented and critical time.
Donations will be distributed directly to the men and women of the Saint Paul Fire Department.
All of the needed items are listed on DonateGoodStuff.org
· N95 respirator masks
· Disinfectant – cavicide or similar
· Cleaning wipes with bleach (i.e. Clorox)
· Hand sanitizer swabs (Dacron, Rayon, Nylon)
· Safety Glasses\gowns
· Face shields
· Thermometers – Infra red probe covers
If you can help, reach out to the SPFF: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mask-Making Week in Minnesota
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor launched a "Homemade Mask Week" Drive April 20-25th. This drive will help those who are most vulnerable and at risk, especially those working and residing in congregate living like homeless and domestic violence shelters, long-term care facilities, and other locations where people are at higher risk from COVID-19.
Fire stations around Minnesota will be collecting masks on Saturday, April 25th from 10am until 2pm. See the announcement HERE. All 775 fire departments in the state will be participating and will then then deliver the masks to local organizations.
DonateGoodStuff.org will aid in this effort as a resource for the fire fighters delivering, for facilities and organizations where the masks are needed. If you represent an organization needing homemade mask donations, click HERE TO REGISTER free before Saturday.
Can't make it Saturday?
You can donate home-sewn masks any time before or after the drive on Saturday, directly to organizations and facilities. Find a map of all locations in Minnesota HERE or search near you HERE.
Want to help in other ways?
Many other donations are needed during this time, from food and hygiene items, to creative activities items for seniors and children. Find out what is needed near you HERE