The members of Topsfield Firefighters IAFF Local 3250 are asking the community for support. In responding to incidents related to and during the current COVID-19 outbreak, ours and emergency rooms in the area’s limited amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is running dangerously low. In a response to this drop in safety equipment availability, full time members of the fire department are reaching out on behalf of the rest of the department in an attempt to gather any supplies that the public may posses at their homes or workplaces that are currently not operating. The supplies we are asking for include:
- Surgical masks
- N95 or R95 Masks
- Face shields and protective goggles
- Nitrile medical gloves
- Tyvek or other manufacturer coverall suits
- Long sleeved water resistant gowns
Workplaces with such supplies may include but are not limited to: Elective surgery offices, non-emergency medical facilities, dentists, auto body facilities, contracting companies, beauty salons, and schools that teach these disciplines. In addition to these places, homeowners may have supplies in their own home left from construction or demolition projects, painting, or cleaning. The goal for this event is to have citizens drive-up, and drop the aforementioned supplies off, then drive away. The Topsfield Firefighter’s IAFF Local 3250 is a 501c3 non-profit organization, there will be tax-deduction letters available if the person donating would like one. The event will take place Monday, March 23rd at in the parking lot of Proctor School from 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM. Anyone wishing to donate, simply needs to drive up to the tent that will be set up near the main office, and make their donation. Please enter via Main St, and Exit in a straight line via the Grove St end of the lot. This will keep social distancing in mind and not cause a large gathering of people to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 Virus. In World War II, Rosie the Riveter galvanized everyone at home to donate time, effort, and resources to support those on the front lines. Now the ones on the front lines are your neighbors and we need your help to continue to keep ourselves and the patients we encounter safe. Please consider donating the needed safety supplies that yo may have at your workplace or home. If you have these supplies and do not feel comfortable leaving your home to drop them off, please either call the fire station at 978-887-5148 or email Captain Brown at [email protected] We will do all we can to organize pick-up of these items.
As an added note, though the members of the Topsfield Fire Department appreciate any gesture of support and kindness, we would ask that people refrain from donating food, money, or any other non-PPE related items. These can pose an undue risk to everyone and times like this demand that we focus most on the essentials.