Margate Fire Department leads the way in new safety steps
MARGATE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 30, 2021--
Margate Fire Rescue crews are taking a big step forward in managing the challenge of exposure to infectious diseases with a new device that uses clinically proven UVC light technology to eliminate pathogens from the soles of shoes.
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The HealthySole® PLUS device scans shoe soles with ozone-free UVC light to eliminate up to 99.99% of common pathogens in just eight seconds. (Photo: Business Wire)
The HealthySole ® PLUS unit is the newest addition to comprehensive infection prevention measures that the department uses to ensure the health and safety of its firefighters and paramedics, as well as their families.
An industry leader in safety
The City of Margate Fire Department already holds the gold standard for EMS certification, a Class 1 rating for fire protection from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), and top awards in national programs such as the “First There. First Care.” emergency response competition. It was also the first in South Florida to be National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Guideline 1851 compliant — having quickly adopted technology to protect crews from cancer risks.
The department thoroughly sanitizes each vehicle after all its runs, which average more than 17,000 annually. Included in the department’s comprehensive infection prevention measures are UV lights and high-efficiency air filters for its trucks, as well as electrostatic sprayers.
“We work hard to adopt new technology to protect our firefighters and paramedics, and we are so grateful to have the support of the City of Margate at every step,” said Fire Chief Roberto Lorenzo. “Having lived through a pandemic, infectious diseases are more of a concern than ever. We now have a better understanding of how air movement, as well as floor and shoe contamination, all play a role in spreading pathogens.”
HealthySole enhances comprehensive head-to-toe infection prevention
According to Chief Lorenzo, a recent review by the International Fire Chiefs Association suggested one of the most common ways a firefighter may bring an infectious disease back to the fire house is on the soles of their shoes.
“Adding HealthySole units in our stations was a no-brainer. We disinfect our protective suits between each call, but we can’t change out the shoes we wear in our house,” explained Danny Rodriguez, Division Chief of Logistics. “We know there are other ways to clean shoes, like chemical baths, that weren’t going to cut it. It only takes one contaminated shoe sole to re-introduce pathogens into our stations or our homes.”
How it works is simple — the device scans shoe soles with ozone-free UVC light to eliminate up to 99.99% of common pathogens in just eight seconds. Nationwide, fire and police departments are adopting the technology as part of overhauls in infection control programs based on lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Fire and rescue crews face many risks, including infectious diseases. Adding an extra level of protection is so important,” said Nick DeOrio, Executive Vice President of Sales and Distribution at HealthySole. “Now, crews can go from the docking bay into the station and keep it a clean zone, not only for themselves but also for their families who visit. It’s added peace of mind.”
While the pandemic may have sparked additional steps to enhance prevention programs, Chief Lorenzo sees long-term benefits.
“Managing infectious diseases isn’t just about COVID. It’s something we need to do every day,” Chief Lorenzo said. “We’re setting the highest possible standards for safety. That’s why disinfecting our shoes is an essential part of our regular safety routine – now and into the future.”
About Margate Fire Department
The City of Margate Fire Department responds to more than 17,000 service runs each year from five stations serving the community of Margate, Florida.
HealthySole provides the first third-party clinically tested method of using UVC light to decontaminate shoes, a potent vector of germ transmission, including COVID-19, in health facilities and other commercial settings, as well as homes. Clinical studies, published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, proved HealthySole was statistically significant at decreasing the amount of study pathogen on shoes, floors, bed rails, hard touch surfaces, and at the room vents. Learn more at www.healthysole.com.
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