As wildfires continue to burn, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Director General Louis Huang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles presented 35,000 surgical masks to the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). A gift from Taiwan, the masks will be distributed countywide to firefighters, lifeguards and other first responders.
“Our firefighters have been essential workers – essential heroes – long before COVID-19 broke out, and many are on the front lines right now, risking their lives to protect people and property from some of the most extreme wildfires we’ve experienced in recent history,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said.
“At the same time, firefighters are in our own neighborhoods, responding to emergencies closer to home,” he added. “This donation of 35,000 masks will reinforce their safety gear, making our first responders even better equipped to continue their heroic work.”
“I am proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and LA County Fire Chief Osby as we truly exemplify the power behind the meaning of ‘Taiwan Can Help” and Stronger Together!’,” Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Director General Louis Huang said. “Taiwan will stand in solidarity with the U.S. until we resurge from this dire time, stronger than ever before.”
“We greatly appreciate Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Director General Louis Huang, and Taiwan for this generous gift of 35,000 surgical masks,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby. “This gift provides another layer of safety for our firefighters and lifeguards who are on the front lines.”
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has spent the last several weeks distributing masks to essential workers and the vulnerable populations they serve. The list includes medical workers, grocery workers, homeless services providers, public defenders and more.