Our members have been actively working during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue their manufacturing and production of life-saving equipment and services.

Here is what some of our members are doing during this unprecedented time:



Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Outbreak – 3M Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Considerations

The symptoms of the illness associated with this novel coronavirus are similar to those caused by influenza and other respiratory illnesses and include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, and difficulty breathing. In many countries, COVID-19 is considered to be a high-risk workplace hazard for healthcare workers in a variety of fields and specializations. The WHO and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended airborne precautions for healthcare workers for certain interactions with patients with suspected or known cases of COVID-19.

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Black Diamond Group, Inc.

Serving Those That Serve

This period of time is like no other we have seen. In the midst of it all our Black Diamond clients
are reporting to work on the front lines, doing what they do best, serving and protecting the

Black Diamond appreciates all that you do. To serve the front line workers the best that we can,
we have taken every precaution to work safely, while not interrupting our operations.

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DuPont™ Tyvek® Activates Operation Airbridge to Speed Up PPE Supply for COVID-19 Response

DuPont has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and FedEx to provide expedited shipping of Tyvek® garments critical to COVID-19 relief efforts.

The operation aims to accelerate delivery of Tyvek® PPE, moving them via air instead of ocean. FedEx Express will transport Tyvek® roll goods from the Tyvek® manufacturing plant in Richmond, VA to our garment manufacturer in Vietnam. They will then return to the U.S. with finished Tyvek® garments. This will enable additional Tyvek® garments to be available even faster to support the COVID-19 relief efforts in the U.S.

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Fire-Dex Starts Production of Isolation PPE in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fire-Dex announced today that they are starting production of AAMI Level 3-compliant reusable isolation gowns and coveralls.

“The current pandemic has created a shortfall in the supply of many disposable types of PPE and we have urgently been looking for solutions,” said Todd Herring, Director of Marketing and Product Development at Fire-Dex, an Ohio-based manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders. “We can now offer isolation gowns and coveralls that exceed CDC guidance for COVID-19 related responses. Our first round of production will start shipping in the next few weeks and we plan to produce 100,000 garments in the next 90 days.”

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Key Fire Hose Industries, Inc.

Safety is Key during COVID-19

We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Together we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. Throughout this rapidly evolving situation, the health and safety of our customers and team members remains our top priority. We have instituted a pandemic plan across our organization that includes health and safety protocols that will allow us to continue to serve you.

Please know that Key Hose is deemed as an “essential commodity supplier” by the federal government and will remain open for business. Our products and services are necessary to maintain many of the 16 essential sectors the government has deemed critical for our nation’s infrastructure. Our manufacturing operations and customer service are implementing and adapting to keep all orders and shipments moving on schedule while maintaining social distancing per CDC recommendations.

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Ricochet Manufacturing Company, Inc. and Millikin and Company

Ricochet Manufacturing and Milliken and Company Partner to Support First Responders

In an effort to support our first responders, Ricochet Manufacturing transitioned capacity to the design, development and manufacture of both Level 1 gowns and surgical style face masks in April. We partnered with Milliken, one of our FEMSA members, who is supplying the fabric to Ricochet for both the gowns and masks. Ricochet will be donating the proceeds from the sale of these items to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).

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Sourcewell COVID-19 National Response

Serving our members has always been a priority at Sourcewell. These challenging times of navigating uncharted territory is no exception. Sourcewell is providing a centralized location of resources for our government members and our supplier community on our COVID-19 webpage.

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Streamlight, Inc.

Streamlight Aids First Responders During COVID-19 Crisis

The company is building and shipping lights specifically for first responders and law enforcement personnel during the COVID-19 crisis.

During these unprecedented times, essential operations employees are working at Streamlight’s physical location in Eagleville, PA. Employees who can perform their jobs remotely are doing so for the foreseeable future until the CDC deems it safe to return. The company’s mandatory CDC compliance plan is in place and focused on, first and foremost, the health and safety of its employees.

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University of Illinois Fire Service Institute

Covid-19 Response Impact On Face-To-Face Training Deliveries: Illinois Fire Service Institute Offers Free Virtual Training To Responders And Departments

Despite these uncertain times, the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) has worked diligently to adapt traditional training and education opportunities utilizing online platforms.

Within 10 days of stopping face-to-face deliveries in mid-March, IFSI launched the Facebook Forum, a live streaming platform offering no cost training and information resources. To date, IFSI has delivered fourteen broadcasts in the Facebook Forum reaching thousands of Illinois firefighters and capturing over 200,000 video views. This engagement has included participants from thirty states and seven different countries.

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W.S. Darley & Company

Darley Supports First Responders during Coronavirus Pandemic

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Darley has quickly responded by moving resources and shifting into high-gear to support our first responders. While most our supplies of items like N95 masks, remote thermometers and gloves sold out by early March. We do have orders into our manufacturers and are we are notifying customers as inventory replenishes.

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For more information on COVID-19 response, visit our resource page here.