Ferndale School Bus Driver making a difference!
Updated On: May 05, 2020

We all find ourselves in unprecedented circumstances these days, but that has not stopped a Ferndale School District Teamster, Brent Richards, from stepping up to the plate during this time of need. The well-publicized shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in our area has spurred a local nonprofit, Bellingham Makerspace, to collaborate with volunteers to make sure our communities are well taken care of. Brent’s normal job, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, is as a school bus driver for the Ferndale School District. Since school has been suspended indefinitely, the District has released him to volunteer to make PPE. Brent’s duties are to organize the other volunteers and workflow (all while maintaining a safe 6-foot radius) to make protective gowns made of Tyvek house wrap and tape. Talk about creative! This protective gear has been approved by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital and area rehabilitation centers for their use and re-use, as the gowns can be laundered and disinfected. Brent has also been involved in assembling face shields constructed from components created on 3D printers and coordinating other local volunteers in the making of face masks. Keep up the amazing work, Brent! You make all Teamsters proud.

Here is a link if you would like to make a donation (Tyvek isn’t cheap!) to the organization or even volunteer if you’re not classified as high-risk.

https://bellinghammakerspace.org/


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