(STL.News) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today announced the donation of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to the State Sheriff’s Department .
âOur mission at BCI is to support local law enforcement – usually dealing with a crime scene or DNA – but today we donate the PPE that first responders absolutely need,â said Yost. âThis pandemic requires everyone to do their part, and we are proud to help with these supplies. “
BCI’s laboratory donates more than 30,000 gloves, 1,428 masks, 642 gowns and other miscellaneous clothing. These supplies will protect first responders during the current national PPE shortage.
Auglaize County Sheriff Allen Solomon, president of the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association, said: âThese essential supplies will help protect Members of Parliament as we continue to operate our prisons and patrol the surrounding areas. streets. We are grateful to Attorney General Yost for this much-needed donation.
Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said, âThis donation is greatly appreciated. These supplies will give Union County first responders an essential layer of protection as they continue to perform their duties during this pandemic. “
PPE donations are directed to some of the state’s smaller sheriff’s offices, which often have tight budgets and may be in greatest need of supplies. Sheriff’s offices receiving PPE include: Adams, Carroll, Clinton, Coshocton, Fayette, Gallia, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pike, Putnam , Union, Van Wert, Vinton and Wyandot counties.
In addition, masks used by BCI during the processing of evidence in the normal course of business will be sent to Battelle’s intensive care decontamination system, which sterilizes the masks, allowing their reuse.
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