Medical device makers Dentec Safety Specialists and United Safety Technology (UST) are assisting in efforts to send aid to Israel in response to the Oct. 7 terror attacks, as part of the American Medical Manufacturers Association (AMMA).
The AMMA-led effort will make and send 400 Comfort-Air reusable respirators with reusable P100OV organic vapor filters to ZAKA, Israel’s largest non-governmental rescue and recovery organization. UST, based in New York, will fund the manufacturing costs.
Injection molder Dentec, which is headquartered in Newmarket, Ontario, and has two facilities in Lenexa, Kan., will cover all shipping costs.
ZAKA (the Hebrew acronym for Disaster Victim Identification) became an official volunteer organization in 1995, and its members recover bodies and honor the dead, ensuring a full Jewish burial for those who meet a sudden death. The masks that will be sent filter nuisance levels of organic vapors.
“Many AMMA members began in response to a national crisis the US experienced – the pandemic. It felt natural to find ways to partner and assist an important ally in a crisis,” said Dan Izhaky, founder of UST and president of the AMMA. “When we looked at the immediate challenges facing Israel in response to the terror attacks, we knew AMMA’s network could help with supplies and support, and we are pleased to partner with Dentec.”