During the pandemic, we have learned a lot of new information.
Some examples of that include how to better clean, what social distancing means, and how to properly wear a face covering.
Now first responders in northeast Missouri are using a powerful piece of equipment to helps fight the spread of the virus.
Crews have been using a blue light sanitation system to kill all germs and eliminate spread to workers and other patients.
Officials said they had this technology years before the pandemic and during this time, the board has spent additional money to get enough resources to make sure it can be used all the time.
“If we don’t use sound principles and good sanitation techniques we run the chance of spreading it to the entire community essentially, so the UVC lights have given us a very powerful tool in combating that,” Division Chief for Marion County Ems, Eric Murfin said.
Murfin said the board invested in providing more money for supplies to use that technology all year round.
“CARES funding did allow to purchase additional items to use for the sanitation process and more lighting so that we can be more consistent across the board and have a better approach to the decon process, ” Murfin said.
Cleaning with the lights takes about an hour, but staff said it is much faster than the normal spraying and disinfecting that they are used to.
Marion County EMS said they provide this equipment for other departments in the northeast Missouri region like Lewis County EMS and other fire departments.
Those departments are talking about acquiring a light tool of their own in the future.