Centura Health Provides Protective Barriers for First Responders

April 29 2020

(CENTENNIAL, COLO.) Centura Health is excited to provide plastic ponchos to our first responder partners as protective barrier in the event of personal protective equipment (PPE) supply shortfalls. Emergency medical services (EMS), fire fighters, and law enforcement play a vital role in our communities while also facing a unique set of risks while helping those in our community who may or may not know that they are carrying the COVID-19 virus.

“Global supply chain challenges have made obtaining personal protective equipment difficult during this pandemic,” stated Dr. Shauna Gulley, Chief Clinical Officer for Centura Health. “Paramedics, EMTs and law enforcement professionals play a critical role in our well-being. Centura is blessed to be able to supply additional barrier gowns to first responders to protect them, their loved ones and the community.”

After acquiring over 2,100 plastic ponchos within the first few days of the pandemic, Centura Health determined that they would not be able to use the protective barriers for the types of invasive or surgical procedures performed and offered the supply to partnering police, fire and ems agencies across Colorado.

“This generous donation of rain ponchos from Centura Health is literally a life saver. The sheriff’s office is currently experiencing a shortage of protective gowns and without them, our medical director has advised deputies not perform CPR during this pandemic, stated Jeff Shrader, Jefferson County Sheriff. “Now, with a poncho to serve as protection for our deputies, we can safely continue to serve and protect the community to the best of our ability. We are grateful to Centura Health for its role in ensuring our deputies are able to perform their duties without increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.”

In total, 21 first responder agencies of various sizes as well as rural and urban service areas were provided ponchos. Some agencies requested as low as 10 ponchos and the largest request came in at 630. Some of the agencies include:

  • Colorado Springs Fire Department
  • Black Forest Fire Rescue
  • Donald Westcott Fire Protection District
  • Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District
  • Fountain Fire Department
  • Falcon Fire Department
  • Edison Volunteer Fire Department
  • Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department
  • Cimarron Hills Fire Department
  • Colorado Centre Metro District
  • Palmer Lake Fire
  • Southwest Highway 115 Fire Department
  • Rocky Mountain Mobile Medical
  • Cascade Volunteer Fire Department
  • Asteri EMS
  • Alpine Rescue Team
  • Cascade Volunteer Fire Department
  • Jefferson County Sheriff Department
  • Mountain States Emergency Medical Services
  • Kiowa Fire Protection District
  • Falck Rocky Mountain
  • Timberline Fire Protection

At Centura, your health and wellness guide everything we do. For more information, visit www.centura.org/COVID-19.

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