SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The Shawnee Township Fire Department has a new disinfectant machine to spray down its vehicles and equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The disinfection machine, an electrostatic sprayer, arrived recently after several months on back order as demand for personal protective equipment, disinfectant wipes and sanitation equipment spiked.
The machine was purchased through a donation from Marathon Petroleum Corporation, as Chief Todd Truesdale said the fire department did not have enough funding at the time.
Truesdale said the new addition makes it easier for the department’s firefighters and paramedics to sanitize vehicles, which were cleaned with regular disinfectant wipes before.
“We did not have the capabilities to be able to decontaminate the back of our units and all of our equipment (when the pandemic hit),” Truesdale said. “… It not only protects our staff but protects the community overall, because the back of our units are cleaned and decontaminated.”