Paul Ruppert with one of the new and improved masks.
Paul Ruppert with one of the new and improved masks.

Camp Community College Emergency Medical Services’ (EMS) work group crew came up with an improved 3D printed mask design that will make a difference in protecting firefighters and rescue members.

The work group was coordinated by Camp EMS and included staff and faculty from Camp, Franklin City Public Schools, Southampton County Public Schools, and representatives of the City of Franklin administration, fire and rescue department, as well as their police department.

“Our design was based on the simple barrier mask that was created by Rowan University,” explained Camp EMS Program Director Paul Ruppert. “However, our version has been improved for strength to meet the durability needs of fire and rescue personnel and for levels of filtration.”

Sixty-two hours of work went into the design and testing of the new equipment before the National Institute of Health accepted it to its 3D Print Exchange website. It is available in three sizes, with all sizes using the same filter membrane holder.

“With our design, we were able to achieve the same secure fit and level of filtration as the medical grade 95 masks,” said Ruppert. “We began delivering the masks to local fire and rescue personnel on April 9.”

For more information on the durable face mask, visit https://3dprint.nih.gov/discover/3dpx-013763.

Paul Ruppert with one of the new and improved masks.