PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Rescue Squad was gifted Monday two pieces of equipment that fight viruses, care of the Plainfield Fire Department. Fire Director Kenneth Childress made the presentation, with Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and Deputy Chief Joseph Franklin on hand.
"Sometimes, the Rescue Squad goes unnoticed amongst police and fire. So we wanted to make sure that we did our part, and make sure that the Rescue Squad is equipped." Childress said his department these days is able to get materials more readily, so "we decided to personally make a donation to the Rescue Squad of a UV sanitation light and a disinfectant sprayer."
Childress, in describing the donated UV sanitation light, said, "You put it inside of the rig or whatever room you want to disinfect, and set your time limits," adding that no one or anything living can be in the room when the light is used. He said a lot of people confuse the device with an ultraviolet light, and it is not the same thing.
The disinfectant that goes into the sprayer is an Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA-approved disinfectant used to break down and kill viruses; it has a five-minute dwell time.
Previously, Childress noted, Plainfield Rescue Squad members would have to go to the fire department to disinfect rigs; now, it can be done on site at 700 West 7th Street.
Childress acknowledged that members of the Rescue Squad are out on the front lines dealing with COVID-19 every day. "We want to make sure they are protected."
Mayor Mapp, in remarks, first thanked Director Childress and Deputy Chief Joseph Franklin for "seeking out the equipment that would make a difference for our Rescue Squad."
Mapp said, "We know that the Rescue Squad plays an integral role in providing public safety in our city," recognizing the coronavirus has impacted everyone.
"We want to make sure that we help you to be as safe as possible as you go about providing the support to our residents that you do so well each and every day."
President Timothy Lowe Sr., expressing his appreciation said, "On behalf of the Plainfield Rescue Squad, we do appreciate this. Our whole goal and objective is to make sure that we can provide for the community in terms of this horrible epidemic."
Director Childress reminded the public that donations to the Rescue Squad are welcome and appreciated, including N95 masks, and more. Mayor Mapp added financial donations and personal protective equipment, or PPE, would go a long way.
Physical donation items can be left in the box outside the door at 700 West 7th Street. Monetary donations can be made on the website (currently being redesigned) here.
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