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