Utica, NY - Sullivan Contracting established a decontamination trailer for police officers to use to prevent someone from contracting the coronavirus.
While the fire department has showers at their facility and decontamination materials the police department does not.
Utica Fire Department Leiutenant Joseph Day, reached out to Bob Sullivan of Sullivan Contracting and asked if he was willing to rent to the him a trailer for decontamination services for the police department and Sullivan was happy to provide it for free.
“We felt that it was important that they do have an option to decontaminate as soon as possible because they aren’t able to put the PPE on that the fireman are. They don’t have that option. It’s a high probability that they may be exposed,” says Lt. Day.
If a police officer has a high probability of exposure, they'll come back to the location and immediately go through the rear door of the trailer. They will put their clothes and personal items into a bin and walk to the next section to shower, they'll then dry off with a disposable towel donated by Sullivan.
They then wait for further instructions from their supervisors to walk out of the trailer. Each time an officer goes through, it is decontaminated.
Lt. Day adds, “The point behind this is you keep moving forward so you avoid cross contamination. So they’ll be able to walk out of the front of the trailer with clean clothes and showered.”
Utica Police Department Lieutenant Bryan Coromato says that the trailer helps to ease the stress of having to go out to work and returning home.
"“I think its great for the officers knowing that there’s safety and there’s measures they can take to protect themselves and their families and loved ones.”