Roanoke County Public Library makes 50 face shields for first responders using 3D printer

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(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department)

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Staff members of the Roanoke County Public Library used a 3D printer to manufacture 50 face shields to provide extra protection for local first responders amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Using patterns shared by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Roanoke County Public Library staff used their new 3D printer — which was funded by the Friends of the Library — to manufacture PPE for Roanoke County public safety personnel, according to a Facebook post from Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department on Friday, April 17.

In particular, Mike Hibben, Senior Manager of South County Library, tested, printed, and assembled the face shields, according to fire officials.

“These masks are specifically designed for EMS personnel to wear while performing high risk advanced airway procedures,” says Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department. “We are so grateful to the Library for being so generous with their time, energy, and resources.”

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department)

“Library staff are committed to thinking of creative ways to support the community during the pandemic, and this seemed like a logical and helpful way to use the new technology at our disposal,” says Shari Henry, Director of the Roanoke County Public Library.

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