VIDEO: The staff at the Tybee Island Fire Department have been hard at work since Wednesday making masks for those that need them most.
The dedicated team is one of several groups working to fill the nationwide mask shortage triggered by frightened Americans concerned about their respiratory health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For people that aren’t in the medical industry, they don’t really need to run out and buy all the N95 masks up, those really need to be for our medical workers, for our hospitals, for our first responders,” Capt. Matt Harrell, the fire department’s interim fire chief, told WSAV.com NOW.
“We’re able to get the proper masks we need to run calls, but I know for a lot of people, they’re really worried about this, so we just wanted to give them something to give them some kind of respiratory protection during this time,” Harrell said.