FALL RIVER - To assist medical professionals as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School announced that it is donating hundreds of medical supplies normally used for vocational education training to all area hospitals, first responders and police and fire departments.
Diman posted to social media that it is donating N95 masks, respirators, gloves, surgical gowns, and disinfectant wipes.
“Diman Regional has been a strong foundation for Greater Fall River for over 100 years. We are proud to be working with our medical professionals and first responders during this time of uncertainty,” said interim superintendent Elvio Ferreira. “We hope everyone is taking the necessary steps to stay safe and we look forward to seeing our students soon.”
Local fire departments have been posting messages to social media that they have a need for these items, and nationally, health officials have put out a call for these needed supplies. Diman, which, like other schools, is not in session for a couple more weeks, has these products because they are used in some of its programs, like medical and dental assisting, but also auto technician, collision and building and property maintenance.
“We have a duty to provide support to this community, that’s our whole ethos,” said Principal Andrew Rebello. “Silence and inaction just isn’t in Diman’s DNA.”
Rebello said he was saddened to see just how much these medical professionals needed the supplies, but he was also proud to report how quickly Diman was able to respond. Teachers were calling him and Ferreira this morning to explain where they keep all the supplies so that they could round them up and give them away.
For now, Diman’s stash of supplies is cleaned out, and the local health care providers who received them were extremely grateful, Rebello said.
“In tough times, it really shows a school’s character,” he said.