Highlands Ranch, Colo. - On Monday, April 20, members from STEM School Highlands delivered two UV Sterilization Cabinets to first responders within the South Metro Fire District to assist with the sterilization of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for reuse.
“With our school being closed, it only made sense to find a use for these cabinets,” said Dr. Neely Clapp, STEM Secondary Science Teacher. “We’re in a unique position to help with a much-needed resource and we are so happy to be able to help those who helped us when we really needed it.”
PPE is still in short supply and providing the opportunity for first responders and medical personnel to sterilize their equipment allows for them to continue to provide the much needed support and response to the community.
Two MonitorTM 2000 Germicidal Cabinets, that are used to sanitize goggles and safety glasses for reuse in approximately five minutes, were dropped off at the South Metro Fire Logistics Warehouse in Parker, Colo., to be relocated to Station 34 for use. (See photos attached)
“Schools across the nation have access to these sterilization cabinets,” Dr. Clapp said. “The hope is that educational institutions that are currently closed, will consider reaching out to first responders in their area to see if they can be put to use.”
Dr. Clapp, along with secondary Engineering teacher Mike Shallenberger are continuing to work with other STEM staff members to identify other much-needed PPE, such as protective eyewear that can be donated to first responders.
STEM School Highlands Ranch is a free public charter school located in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and is part of the Douglas County School District.
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8773 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129