Protective gear for medical reponders funded

Local employer, Nemak, recently partnered with the Sheboygan Fire Department to cover the expenses related to protective equipment for fire department personnel who may be called upon to perform rescues during active shooter type events.

The gear, which cost approximately $6,000 will provide additional protection for medical personnel performing rescues in those situations.

Members of the Sheboygan Fire Department and the Sheboygan Police Department recently attended training together to better prepare for a mass casualty incident as the result of an active shooter.

This team approach to responding to these types of incidents will create a faster and more coordinated response to those who may be in need should such a situation occur.

Sadly, these types of events are becoming more and more common and are being played out in public areas, businesses, and schools. In order for personnel to do their jobs effectively in a hazardous environment such as an active shooter situation, there is a need to do whatever possible to keep them safe, which means developing a plan, training together on that plan and purchasing specialized personal protective equipment.

When Nemak leadership team was informed about the need, it was decided to fund the entire project.

The community relies on the fire and police departments in a variety of circumstances and Nemak is honored to be a contributing member of this great community, the company said.

Nemak’s history as an employer in Sheboygan goes back to 1968. Nemak produces aluminum die cast components for the automotive industry and employs about 1200 people between its two plants in Sheboygan.

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