Cataldo EMT Prints 3D Respirators
Paul Martin, an EMT and Educator for Cataldo, is using a combination of ingenuity and 21st century technology to help meet the need for PPE. Using 3D printers, he is making respirators and face shields for Cataldo crew. An EMT with Cataldo for the last 6 years, he has stepped into educator roles during the last two. Bringing problem solving skills to the the first responders he trains, is part of the goal. Clearly Martin practices what he preaches.
“I’m up to 54 face shields and 12 respirators. Our goal is to be able to supply at least a150 of each to start.” The respirators take four hours each, making it difficult to generate the volume quickly. He welcomes donations of masks or face shield frames from other 3D printing enthusiasts using the same pattern. The patterns he is using include:
Mask: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4225667 (4-hole version)
Face shield: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4262472
When Paul isn’t working as a first responder/educator, he is part of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit of the Army National Guard. “I absolutely love my job!” says Martin. Of that, we have no doubt.
Massachusetts first responders continue to address an increasing number of COVID+ patients each day during this crisis.
Cataldo Ambulance Service
Cataldo is the largest certified Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Resource Center in Massachusetts, providing EMD services to 11 communities and serving 20 communities as a 911 responder. In addition to providing state of the art EMS field services to patients, Cataldo collaborates on community health and wellness initiatives. Active in the communities served, Cataldo maintains a presence on numerous, local chamber boards, and in membership organizations focused on wellness and healthcare. Founder, Dennis Cataldo, serves as president of the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, an organization actively promoting policy efforts designed to drive excellence in patient care across the state.