CLARK, NJ - The Clark Fire Department recently acquired three decontamination systems for use by various departments in town. This new equipment allows users to decontaminate bays, personnel protective equipment, various apparatus and departmental vehicles.
Fire Chief Frank Cerasa said he first heard about the units from Christopher Scaturo, Director Division of Emergency Services Union County. Cerasa then reached out to GTBM in East Rutherford to request information and pricing.
Cerasa described the system to look like a regular backpack blower with an electric mister and fogger attachment. These systems are filled with disinfectant and sanitizer to clean equipment.
Cerasa said it was decided the town would purchase three sets of equipment. One to be used by the Fire Department, one for the Volunteer Emergency Squad and Emergency Management and the third set for the Police Department and the Department of Public Works.
Soon after, Cerasa contacted L’Oreal to see if they could help defray the cost to the department budgets. Within a few days L’Oreal offered to pay for all three sets.
“We at L’Oreal feel a responsibility to give back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Stephan Habif, Senior Vice President of L’Oreal R&I Americas Zones. “It is our hope that, through this donation, we are able to provide some much-needed supplies to our local first responders working on the front lines during this challenging time.”
These decontamination units were put into service immediately and Cerasa said they are working very well. “It gives us peace of mind that our equipment is being properly cleaned,” he said.
Cerasa was glad this installation of equipment was made possible. “All of the Department heads involved would like to thank L’Oreal for their donation and for helping to keep us all safer,” he said.
He also thanked the Clark Township Administration for contracting with Serv Pro to clean and wipe down the interiors of township buildings and facilities. “The members certainly appreciate their efforts to help keep us safe,” he said.
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