LAFD Foundation - Coronavirus Update
UPDATE - 5/22/20
The LAFD Foundation continues to focus on protecting firefighter health and safety by securing personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet ongoing pandemic protocols.
Items such as N95 respiratory masks, surgical masks, gloves, face shields, and sterile coverall suits are vital to protecting our firefighters and reducing potential exposure to the virus. Cleaning supplies, like medical-grade hand sanitizer and disinfectant have also been in high demand, as the number of ambulance transports continues to rise.
Fortunately, generous individuals, community organizations, and business leaders continue to step forward to help meet ongoing needs and prevent the LAFD from running out of critical PPE.
To date, the Foundation has provided the following:
- 85,000 N95 masks for firefighters and paramedics
- 115,000 surgical masks for patients
- 5,000 containers of alcohol wipes
- 2,500 face shields and goggles
- 600 gallons of sanitizer
The Foundation will continue working with LAFD leadership to meet the needs of personnel on the front lines. If you would like to help the LAFD Foundation protect our firefighters during this pandemic, please click the button below to donate.
The Foundation and the entire LAFD family are thankful for each and every donation made during this difficult time.
CASH DONATIONS (as of 5/22/20):
- The W.M. Keck Foundation
- Farmers Insurance
- Union Bank
- Banc of California
IN-KIND DONATIONS (as of 5/22/20):
- The CDC Foundation - First Responder Care Kits
- The Coca Cola Company - Beverages
- Farmers Insurance - N95 Masks
- Fisk - First Responder Care Kits
- The Gary Sinise Foundation - Face Shields
- SC Johnson - First Responder Care Kits
- Smart & Final - Groceries + Gift Cards
- Spectra Labs - Surgical Masks
- TIS Construction - Sterile Sanitizer Bottles
UPDATE - 3/16/20
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a local emergency to strengthen preparation against COVID-19, a move to help the city respond more quickly and effectively to the spread of the virus.
Due to changes in safety protocol and increased precautionary steps, our LAFD firefighters are rapidly depleting the department’s stock of personal protective gear – such as gowns, gloves hand sanitizer, and other resources used to prevent the virus from spreading.
Minimizing their exposure to COVID-19 must be a top priority. More than 4 million people across L.A. depend on our firefighters to remain healthy and ready to respond.
The LAFD is also in need of face masks – not for firefighters, but for potentially compromised patients transported via ambulance.
Patients displaying signs/symptoms of the virus are fitted with single-use face masks to reduce the chance of potentially passing the virus to our first responders.
The LAFD Foundation is accepting funds to help purchase and replenish these important safety items for our men and women on the front lines.
Financial contributions are the fastest and most effective way to help the LAFD Foundation fulfill these needs as quickly as possible.
Please click here to donate.
The LAFD Foundation has received a number of inquiries regarding its efforts to support the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department as concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow.
The Foundation has been working ardently to help procure personal protective equipment (face masks, gowns, sanitizer, etc.) for our LAFD firefighters and paramedics.
Due to heightened risk conditions, our front-line responders are using these items at a faster rate than usual. Widespread demand has made procurement of these items considerably more challenging.
The Foundation is working directly with LAFD leadership to replenish the needed safety equipment as quickly as possible.
Please be aware the LAFD Foundation is NOT seeking individual donations of safety equipment. Organizations or businesses with access to bulk quantities of sterile personal protective equipment may contact the Foundation at info@supportLAFD.org or 310-552-4139.
For information on the steps being taken by the LAFD, please visit www.LAFD.org.
We encourage you to practice good personal and public health hygiene, as well as to follow the recommendations provided by public health officials. For helpful information on how to minimize potential exposure, please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.