By Jensen, Randy on May 1, 2020.
In a supportive gesture between sister cities, Anyang City, China, has donated surgical masks to City of Lethbridge front-line staff including Fire/EMS and Lethbridge Police officers.
The donation marks another positive collaboration between the two cities, the City notes in a news release.
Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman and Yuan Jiajian, Acting Mayor of Anyang City, recently exchanged letters re-affirming the long-standing friendship between the two cities.
“During this difficult time, this is a wonderful gesture of support from our sister city,” says Spearman, who visited Anyang City in February 2017. “This donation of surgical masks to the City of Lethbridge to help battle COVID-19 is an appreciated step in our continued relationship. We greatly thank our sister city of Anyang.”
Surgical masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) have become an important piece in helping Fire/EMS workers continue to respond to emergency calls, while keeping themselves safe from exposure. As there is a demand for these products across the world, this donation will be inventoried through the City of Lethbridge Emergency Co-ordination Centre to be used by employees on the front lines in the coming weeks.
The equipment arrived from China on Wednesday.