Squan company does free sanitizing of emergency vehicles

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MANASQUAN — To help protect Manasquan first responders from potential spread of the coronavirus, ServiceMaster of the Shore Area offered free cleaning of vehicles and buildings on Wednesday, May 6.

The complimentary service included the cleaning of borough ambulances, police vehicles, fire trucks and both fire department buildings, as well as first responders’ personal vehicles.

“Our company is a third generation franchise, local to Manasquan, and we just wanted to give back to our local community,” Michelle Kunzman, the company’s business development manager, said.

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Ms. Kunzman said the service was an effort to give the first responders in Manasquan “peace of mind when putting themselves on the line every day.”

In order to meet the growing needs of first responders, ServiceMaster has shifted its operations from disaster cleanup to more of a cleaning service, Ms. Kunzman said.

“We do a lot of biohazards and trauma cleanup normally, and obviously when COVID-19 came into the picture we had to step up with the CDC guidelines,” she said.

In compliance with CDC guidelines, Ms. Kunzman said, ServiceMaster uses an Environmental Protection Agency-registered disinfectant, in addition to cleaning all high-touch surfaces by hand.

Manasquan First Aid Squad Capt. Andy Mills said the squad was grateful for the assistance.

“Because there is so much uncertainty surrounding the current coronavirus crisis, we welcome any and all opportunities to provide a safer environment for both our members and the patients we treat and transport,” Capt. Mills said.

“The squad has our own decontamination procedures based on CDC best-practice recommendations that we execute after each call,” he said, “but this higher level of sanitation not only provides additional protection, but also peace of mind.”

Capt. Mills added that squad members are also thankful for their first responder colleagues in the Manasquan Fire District and office of emergency management who have helped them continue emergency medical operations during the public health crisis.

Fire Marshal Chris Barkalow echoed a similar sentiment, he said: “It was awesome for them to offer that and it gives everybody peace of mind now when they’re responding that everything is clean and sanitized. It’s a little less to worry about with everything going on.”

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