PLAINFIELD, NJ — Residents are joining together to provide the Plainfield Rescue Squad with personal protective equipment. Ocean Reef snorkel masks are being purchased and retrofitted to protect squad members who are running low on proper masks.
The "PPEs for Plainfield Rescue Squad" campaign is spearheaded by Robert Hartman and his wife Mary Jean Pizza, who have arranged to have 40 units and adaptors shipped to the Plainfield Rescue Squad, located at 700 West 7th Street.
The goal of the GoFundMe campaign is to raise funds to cover the cost of the Aria Full Face Snorkel Masks and APA adapter kits. Each FFSM and adapter costs approximately $56. A donation of $60 will cover the cost of one unit that includes the FFSM, adapter, shipping and GoFundMe fees.
According to organizers, if the campaign exceeds its goal, additional masks/adapters will be purchased. If PPE becomes readily available before then, excess funds will be donated to the Plainfield Rescue Squad's General Fund. PRS is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that, on average, answers over 7,000 calls each year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, daily call volume has tripled.
Ocean Reef's Aria Full Face Snorkel Mask (FFSM) was previously used only for snorkeling. But in this time of the coronavirus, as the Aria FFSM provides a physical barrier for the mouth, nose and eyes, doctors and hospitals across the country and around the world have begun retrofitting the units by adding adapters and bacterial and viral removal filters commonly used by in the medical community.
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