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State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton). (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Boonton firemen’s home needs PPE, Bucco says

At least 22 residents, 15 staffers have contracted COVID-19

By Nikita Biryukov, April 22 2020 11:09 am

State Sen. Tony Bucco urged residents and fire chiefs to provide personal protective equipment to a firemen’s home in Boonton.

“There is a critical need for medical masks, gloves and gowns to protect the health of nurses and other workers as well as the retired firefighters who reside at the home,” Bucco said. “The pandemic has significantly increased the demand for protective health gear, and there is a temporary shortage as manufacturers struggle to keep pace. The challenge right now is getting the existing stocks to the front lines where they are needed the most. The Firemen’s Home has been hard hit by the virus and is in urgent need of PPE.”

Last week, the home reported 22 of its residents and 15 members of its staff had contracted COVID-19.

Bucco, a volunteer firefighter for close to 40 years, called on fire departments across Morris County to donate their PPE to the retirement home.

“We need to ensure the continued health and safety of the many heroes who spent their lives running toward dangerous situations responding to their neighbors’ emergencies,” Senator Bucco said. “To do so, we also must protect the essential workers who care for them. A few thin layers of protective equipment are necessary tools to prevent the further spread of coronavirus and the maintain the care of our brother firefighters at the facility.”

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