MAYNARD — Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Anthony Stowers would like to thank Faceshields for First Responders for donating 15 faceshields to the Maynard Fire Department on Sunday.
Faceshields for First Responders is a campaign started in April to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to fire departments in the Metrowest area. Organizer Robert Vinci, an engineer, used a 3D printer to make the customized shields to donate to the department.
First responders will use the face shields to protect themselves from exposure to the novel coronavirus as they respond to calls involving people who may be reporting symptoms in line with COVID-19 or may have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case. As the virus continues to spread, the department has put in place various procedures and is utilizing PPE to keep personnel healthy so that they can continue to serve the community.
“We are incredibly grateful for this donation, especially since members will be able to use the face shields more than once and wear them with other types of PPE,” said Chief Stowers. “This equipment goes a long way towards helping to keep both first responders and the community members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and further preventing the spread of the virus.”
The donation will be issued to fire personnel as needed as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop.
Those looking to donate supplies — such as hand sanitizer, masks, goggles, protective gowns and thermometers — to the department are asked to call ahead of time to set up an appointment to drop off the items. The business line for the Maynard Fire Department is 978-897-1014.