Since April, a Capital Region company has been donating its services to keep local first responders safe from COVID-19.
Dozens of fire departments, rescue squads, and police departments in Columbia and Greene counties have utilized the free disinfecting services of Quick Response Restoration of Round Lake.
In November, Laura Foster, safety officer for the Germantown Fire Department, used Quick Response services and had their entire firehouse and all their vehicles disinfected.
Although the department had not had a confirmed COVID case, they wanted to make sure their volunteers felt safe coming to the firehouse and using the apparatus, Foster said. The company uses hospital-grade disinfectant.
It’s electronically charged, so it can get into areas that you can’t even see, said Fabian Johnson, company director of Quick Response.
“The disinfectant kills every germ it comes into contact with,” Johnson said.
Fire departments from Catskill, Leeds, Ashland and New Baltimore have taken advantage of the free cleaning service for first responders, Johnson said.
Since April they have provided their services to thousands of first responders, cleaning more that 10,000 pieces of equipment, Johnson said.
Earlier this year, the Greenport Fire Department had all three of their firehouses disinfected, including all the trucks, said Greenport Fire Chief John Onufrychuk Jr.
“We heard about their service and called them, and they arrived the next day,” Onufrychuk said.
Johnson’s son is a state trooper and the inspiration for the idea to assist first responders during these uncertain times.
“We wanted to take care of these people who are doing so much for everyone else,” Johnson said.
Quick Response has also disinfected fire stations and equipment at Athens, Cairo and Coxsackie. Coxsackie Fire Chief Shawn Burdick said he was happy with the job they did. Police stations in Catskill, Coxsackie and Cairo have also taken advantage of their service, Johnson said.
Local first responders who would like to take advantage of the free COVID-19 disinfecting service can call their office at 518-899-7090.