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Plane delivers protective gear for firefighters against COVID-19

Posted at 8:00 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 17:14:55-04

MISSOULA — A Bozeman company that has a great relationship with local fire departments during wildland fire season is jumping in to offer protection during the COVID-19 outbreak.

One of Bridger Aerospace's planes touched down at Missoula International Airport to deliver a supply of face shields for firefighters and paramedics with Frenchtown Rural Fire on Wednesday.

The company has already produced a large quantity of the face shields for healthcare workers and firefighters in the Bozeman area, and is now able to offer them to other local fire departments.

Frenchtown Fire spokesman Mel Holtz said the shields are badly needed because responders have been trying to reuse personal protective equipment.

Just last week, Frenchtown Fire transported the victim of a car crash who turned out to be COVID-19 positive, forcing the department to quarantine two of its volunteer firefighter/EMTs.