Citing the "unprecedented demand" on first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Clackamas Fire District #1 has sent out an urgent call for donations from the public of personal protective equipment.
The firefighters are facing a "potential shortfall" of the equipment, sometimes called PPE, which is used when treating patients.
"These critical supplies are becoming increasingly difficult to find," according to a news release.
Clackamas Fire hopes local and regional businesses in the construction, dental, manufacturing, fishing, logging and other industries that have shutdown due to Gov. Kate Brown's stay at home order will donate their supplies of unused dust masks and respirator masks.
Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, March 30. Unopened packaging is preferred but not required, and first responders suggest consolidating trips with neighbors if possible.
Clackamas Fire notes that area hospitals are not accepting donations at this time — they are too busy and wish to avoid the risk of contamination.
Here's what Clackamas Fire District #1 needs:
• Face masks (N95, surgical, dust)
• Exam gloves, all sizes
• Disposable gowns
• Medical booties to cover shoes
• Hand sanitizer
Where to donate:
Donations will be accepted at Clackamas Fire District #1 Fire Marshal's Office, 2930 S.E. Oak Grove Blvd., open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you require PPE for your own personal health care, firefighters say it's better to keep it close at hand. The Fire District serves Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Beavercreek, Boring, Damascus, Eagle Creek and, after a recently approved merger, Estacada.
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