The Bayonne School District has received a donation of two modular electrostatic disinfection systems (MEDS) from Frontline Innovations to disinfect buses, according to Superintendent of Schools John Niesz.
Bayonne-based Frontline Innovations works with McCabe Ambulance. Chief Mike McCabe explained how McCabe Ambulance was fighting the spread of COVID-19 by disinfecting ambulances with electrostatic spray between the transport of each patient.
At the Jan. 26 open workshop before the Board of Education meeting, Niesz said the the devices will be installed on two school buses. He met with Frontline Innovations and McCabe Ambulance last week and witnessed the system in action.
“MEDS is a disinfection system utilizing patented electro static spray technology,” Niesz said. “The spray system is perfect for ambulances, professional medical spaces, and mass transit systems.”
Each unit is equipped with an electrostatic nozzle, a compressor, and a pressurized tank. The internally mounted system disinfects spaces with the flip of a switch. The system turns on when the vehicle is empty.
“So I actually saw them use it,” Niesz said. “They flipped a switch, and it disinfects the entire ambulance in less than a minute.”
The system charges the disinfectant spray as it is ejected from the nozzle. The charged droplets repel each other and seek out surfaces, sticking to and coating all sides of the interior. The disinfectant spray quickly air dries.
“For the flu season, it actually works perfect for that as well,” Niesz said. “Let’s get back to the days when we only had to worry about the flu.”
Niesz said the system can be used in all 24 of the district’s buses, and suggested it be used in classrooms.
First in the world?
“We would be the first in New Jersey, I think the first in the world actually, to have this system in our buses,” Niesz said.
The system costs the district nothing, according to Niesz. He recommended the board adopt the resolution to accept the donation and allow Frontline Innovations and McCabe Ambulance to set it up and try it in two buses.
“They’re going to try it, set it up, install, provide the chemicals, everything for us for these two buses,” Niesz said. “Let’s see how it works, and this can be a game-changer.”
He said that the installation of the MEDS system is part of the district’s plans to eventually transition back to hybrid or in-person instruction.
“This is tremendous and will help us get back to school sooner than later,” Niesz said.
Board of Education President Maria Valado thanked Frontline Innovations for the donation.
“For us, moving forward it will help our children get back to school,” Valado said.
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