FANWOOD – Borough police will be the first in the state to use a new respiratory mask that is designed to provide protection against viruses, bacteria, mold spores, smoke, smog and dust.
Police chief Richard Trigo was joined by Mayor Colleen Mahr and John Schwind, CEO of Global Safety First at a Monday news conference to introduce the new equipment.
“We are testing this mask because our officers are often placed in a situation where they are exposed to flu and other health hazards,” Trigo said. “We can see using this mask in a number of medical and police situations that would otherwise leave them exposed to any number of safety risks. Every law enforcement official knows that giving their members extra safety equipment can make a difference.”
The Readi Mask is unique because it has a hypoallergenic medical adhesive lining on the entire inside perimeter of the mask, allowing it to adhere to the face with a complete seal. The pocket-sized, one-piece filter is designed to enable the wearer to breathe without inhaling airborne pathogens and particulates.
“The Readi Mask solves two major design problems of traditional masks: leakage and portability,” said Schwind. “The adhesive perimeter prevents inward leakage resulting in uncompromised filter performance, using an advanced thin-film filter technology.”
“I am proud to be the first town in New Jersey to offer this level of protection to our police officers,” Mahr said. “It is of the utmost importance to us that our force remains on the cutting edge when it comes to safety. Any additional protection the borough can offer its police force is a win-win.”
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