Sinclair and Rush Inc., a dip-molding manufacturing company in Arnold, has donated 500 plastic face shields to first responders throughout Jefferson County, the Rock Community Fire Protection District announced.
Rock Fire personnel picked up the donation on April 17 and kept 100 face shields for its 60 firefighters. The other 400 shields were sent to the Jefferson County Emergency Operation Center in Herculaneum to distribute to other county agencies, Rock Fire spokesman Ron Harder said.
Harder said the face shields are worth more than $1,500 and will help protect first responders and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
“(Sinclair and Rush) said if we need more, they will go into full production and make as many as we need for first responders,” he said.
The Sinclair and Rush website says the company designed and started manufacturing what it calls VisiGuard Face Shields in response to the coronavirus.
Harder said the good thing about the shields is that even though they are disposable, they are an all-plastic product, so they can be decontaminated and used again, if needed.
“There are other face shields with foam on the front of them, and they are harder to (decontaminate),” Harder said. “The ones that Sinclair and Rush made are all plastic, so they are easier to (decontaminate) and if we get to a point where we have to reuse them, they could easily be (decontaminated).”