Today, on “Safety Tuesday” of National EMS Week, the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) is continuing its celebration of EMS practitioners and the important work they do for our nation's communities. We would like to highlight the safety measures that we have implemented to remain dedicated to the safety of our entire community.

During these unprecedented times, the BHVRS is at the front lines of pre-hospital emergency medical care. Cleaning and disinfecting of our ambulances have become a priority for all of us, inside and outside the healthcare community. To help us, the BHVRS invested in two new pieces of equipment, and we would like to tell everyone about these tools on this “Safety” day. So, we would like to introduce you to "Fogger" and "Lantern."

Our "Fogger" is a versatile, lightweight sprayer that is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against SARS-CoV-2 (or COVID-19). Not only is this product environmentally sound, but it is also effortless to use— we spray, and we walk away! No rinsing and wiping needed, and the Fogger is safe to use on all surfaces in our ambulances. Fogger's solution kills microbes by chemically altering certain amino acids, which are essential building blocks in the proteins in that they help to form the cell walls of infectious organisms. When these proteins are destroyed, the cell wall ruptures, and the organisms die. 

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Our ultraviolet disinfection "Lantern" is hard at work every day. This system contains four high-output UV-C lamps to provide reduction of harmful microorganisms in closed spaces. The benefits of “Lantern” are as clear as day: UV-C is a fast and effective antimicrobial agent. “Lantern” requires minimal power consumption, leaves no residue, is extremely portable, and is easy to use. 

Both devices protect our members and our patients immensely. Through this discussion, we hope you have learned much about just a few of the ways we are protecting the entire Berkeley Heights community and our members during this crisis.

If you are interested in learning more about what we do and how we do it, please visit BHVRS.org. And, if you have ever thought about volunteering with the rescue squad, now is the time! Email membership@bhvrs.org for more details.