Hillcrest (OH) Fire Departments Buy Fire Equipment for Ebola Prep

The Hillcrest communities have not received any reports of residents or workers having potential contact with the Ebola virus, but city officials are taking extra precautions just in case.

Some are buying new equipment to protect their firefighters, who would transport Ebola patients to the hospital.

Lyndhurst Fire Department bought about $600 worth of new protective gowns, and Mayfield Village Fire Department spent around $1,000 on 25 sets of personal protective equipment. South Euclid is also considering buying new gowns.

Mayfield Lt. Mike Girbino said the department ordered hooded suits with foot covers, goggles and face shields. The department already had older versions of most of the equipment, Girbino said, but the face shields are a new addition, and the goggles cling to the face to prevent liquid from protruding.

The departments have been redistributing information from various medical agencies: how to disinfect equipment, how to put on protective equipment, how to transport the patient. The Ohio Emergency Operations Center, Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation have all put out informational packets many departments are using.

South Euclid Community Services Director Keith Benjamin said the fire department has been preparing its rescue squad to deal with Ebola patients, “which will keep our two main squads free from potential contamination.”

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