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Responding to a request from the City of Detroit, SAY Detroit has provided gap funding for the purchase of 135 no-touch infrared thermometers for use by first responders at the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) and front-line municipal employees at the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT). A $5,000 donation was made to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation this week.

In order to ensure the continuing operation of critical infrastructure, the CDC guidelines recommend regular health monitoring for essential workers. A vital first step is temperature pre-screening before entering facilities, particularly after potential exposure to COVID-19 positive patients.

 “I would personally like to thank SAY Detroit for stepping up and stepping in to ensure the health and safety of Detroit’s first responders,” Detroit City Councilmember at Large Janeé L. Ayers, who brought the need to SAY Detroit’s attention. “In an effort to procure 135 thermometers for use by our frontline employees we ran into a shortage and Say Detroit answered the call. I am proud to have partnered with Say Detroit on previous events but I must say that in these perilous times I am ecstatic to know that our community has amazing partners that go above and beyond to pay it forward.”

Two thermometers will be distributed to each designated location, which include 38 DFD engine houses, the DFD apparatus building, and DDOT facilities.

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