FireRein shifts focus to produce hand sanitizer for emergency services

Napanee's FireRein has produced about 500 bottles of hand sanitizer to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Submitted photo.

Beaver Staff

FireRein is doing its part to support emergency service workers through the COVID-19 pandemic by producing small batches of hand sanitizer for workers in Lennox and Addington, Hastings and Frontenac Counties.

To date, FireRein has made over 500 bottles following the guidelines established by the World Health Organization. Prior to the pandemic, the Napanee based company specialized in producing an environmentally friendly fire extinguishing gel.

“FireRein was founded on the principal of keeping communities safe – doing what we can to help those continuing to serve the community through this pandemic is the least we can do,” FireRein president Quincy Emmons, said.

Emmons is quick to point out that this initiative wouldn’t have been possible without partnership. “FireRein brought together several community partners to source the correct ingredients to make the hand sanitizer. TCO Agromart Ltd., Burke’s Printing and St. Lawrence College were all quick to step up when we approached them about the idea in March. We are thankful for their support and commitment to making this happen,” he added.

FireRein will continue to produce hand sanitizer as ingredients are made available.

“(Myself) and Sandra and the staff here at TCO are happy to have been able to help out with FireRein’s initiative to make hand sanitizer and distribute to local emergency service workers,” said Terry O’Neill of TCO Agromart Ltd. “We commend Firerein for doing this. We are glad we could help. We understand that we are all in this together and we all need to do our part to get through this crisis of COVID-19. When the whole community pulls together, we are always better for it.”

Fellow Napanee based company Burke’s Printing echoed those sentiments.

“Burke Printing is excited to be able to assist FireRein in the production of hand sanitizer for the local emergency service workers. We applaud FireRein for taking the initiative to do this and we thank them for offering us a small part in it” added Duncan Burke of Burke Printing. “We are all in this together in the fight against COVID-19 and coming together like this, truly is what makes us a community.”

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