Felician University’s School of Nursing donated 600 N95 Masks to the Rutherford Volunteer Ambulance Squad. N95 masks are critical pieces of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for health care and emergency workers, especially during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. 

“We decided that the first priority for Felician was Rutherford’s first responders. These are people that are on the front lines, and they have no idea what they might be dealing with when they answer an ambulance call,” Dr. Christine Mihal, Dean of Felician’s School of Nursing said. 

In addition to the 600 N95 Masks, Felician’s donations also included 13 boxes of gloves, 40 yellow gowns and 12 sets of goggles. 

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Mike Tarantino, Captain of Rutherford’s Volunteer Ambulance Squad and Emergency Management Coordinator said that squad members are grateful for the donations. “You cannot do social distancing in the back of an ambulance with a stretcher and a patient about one foot away from you,” Tarantino said. 

“We can’t do it by ourselves, we are a team of everybody,” he said of the squad that provides emergency protection every day to those in Rutherford, including Felician University

“Felician’s donation of the N95 masks is very much appreciated by our family members because they will help keep us safe,” Tarantino said.  

The feeling is mutual saying Dr. Mihal said, adding “we are very grateful to the first responders and were happy to donate them.”