COPPERAS COVE, Texas — The Copperas Cove Fire Department is running low on medical-grade facemasks due to the national high demand for healthcare supplies. The department will take advantage of alternative personal protective equipment they already have when they get to a point that their mask supply gets to a critical level, according to the department.

All of the firetrucks and ambulances have self-contained breathing air packs on them that provide positive-pressure breathing air for the responder and an element of personal protection from the spread of COVID-19. 

The department wanted to let the public know that they may see a paramedic in one of these air packs at their door if 911 is called. They said not to be scared and not to worry.

"Rest assured that there is not any hidden underlying reason why we would need to use these, or cause you additional concern. We are merely providing a safe operational working environment for our crews," the department said. "These air packs have microphones and speakers to help understand each other a little better while the Paramedic is wearing it."

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