PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT FOR 1ST RESPONDERS
Covid-19 Mask Relief Utah
First Responder Ministry, in partnership with Covid-19 Mask Relief Utah, is excited for this First Responder Personal Protection donation drive!
There is a shortage nationwide of personal protection equipment for First Responders. Our first responders are on the front line of this epidemic and need proper protection. They are out there serving and protecting us and are also worried about bringing the Coronavirus back home to their families. We are asking for the community’s support.
How can I Help?
Print 3D Masks.
There are a couple of mask designs that are free to the public and will work for our needs. If you have access to any 3D printers, we need more masks printed. These masks are re-usable when cleaned and using clean filters. Here are links to the print files for the two different mask designs we are looking for:
Lowell Mask (button- link to https://docs.google.com/document/d/12ESPcBt0MDC_kxE3l_m1oT6B2P8pVBokwAWvdhLsOs8/edit?usp=sharing)
Montana Mask (button- link to
2. Donate material.
Material donations can be dropped off at two different locations:
Drop off site in Pleasant Grove
The Void (Bin/tote is next to the South entrance)
644 N 2000 W, Lindon, UT 84042
Drop off site in South Jordan
Glass House (Bin/tote next to entrance)
4563 Kestrel Ridge Rd, South Jordan, UT 84095
Drop off Monday, April 6,2020, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Parking lot of Kearns - Unified Police Department
4250 West 5415 South, Kearns, UT 84118
We need 3 primary materials in order to make the 3d printed masks effective for our recipients: air filters to make sure Covid-19 particles are kept out, seals to ensure proper fit, and elastic straps to keep the masks on
Filters. When N95 are not available, we are currently using MERV-13 (doubled up) or MERV-16 furnace filters, which will catch 65% and 95% of .3 micron particles respectively. When selecting a filter, you should be looking for filtering out .3 micron or better. N95 refers to filtering out 95% of .3 micron particles, which is what the MERV-16 is rated for. The HVAC filters can be disassembled to expose the actual pleated filter sheet inside. They can be flattened out and cut as needed.
Seals. For sealing the edges, we are using weatherstripping foam (available at places like Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes). We have found that self-stick weather seal, 3/4″ wide x 5/16″ thick, works best.
Straps. We are using 1/4″ wide elastic straps from a craft supply store.
3. Donate funds .
We know not everyone is able to go to the store to get the materials needed. So, if you still would like to help, we are taking donations to buy materials/cover the costs for the printing filaments where needed.
If you would like to volunteer to help, or if you need some masks for your professional needs, please let us know.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The 3D printed mask information presented here is intended to assist the general public during the current global pandemic related to COVID-19 and the related nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment. Please be aware that this mask design is not intended to replace standard protective equipment such as N-95 masks or surgical masks when that equipment is available. The use of these 3D printed masks has not been fully tested and has not been approved by federal or state authorities. Billings Clinic, Marlin D. Richardson, M.D., Spencer Zaugg, DDS, Colton Zaugg or anyone associated with makethemasks.com, assume no liability and make no representations, warranties, or guarantees regarding the safety, efficacy, or appropriate use of these masks in any particular situation. Each facility should test each batch of masks prior to relying on them for protection. Use of this information for any purpose is at the maker’s and user’s own risk.