WESTBROOK, Conn. — In response to first responders urgent need for personal protective equipment to combat the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Jiangsu Sea-lion Machinery Co. Ltd. of China supplied North American affiliate Sea-lion America Company with a shipment of PPE (personal protective equipment) masks, the company here reports.
The masks have been donated to local firemen, police, visiting nurses and to a disabled persons group home. Local first responders were directed to give all their PPE to hospitals and healthcare facilities to help fight the pandemic.
Orders for their replacement supplies were backlogged for at least 30 days.
Due to social distancing, presentation of the masks was with organization leaders only. The leaders coordinated distribution to those first responders who were in most need.
Berlin Fire assisted the following organizations: Berlin FD, Kensington FD, East Berlin FD, South Kensington FD, Cromwell FD, Berlin Police, and Visiting Nurse Association of Central Connecticut serving Berlin, New Britain, Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Newington, Southington, Middletown, Plainville, Wethersfield and Meriden.
CCARC, a local organization offering an array of services to support adults with intellectual disabilities and their families, distributed masks amongst its 11 group homes.
Aaron Zhang, deputy manager of Jiangsu Sea-lion who organized the shipment from China says, “The situation in China has eased and life and business are getting back to normal. Schools and universities are returning to session and businesses throughout the country are back at work. We are a team and we are also very moved by the donations. Please also take care of yourself and family.”