(UPDATE 3/30/20) -- A company based out of Pleasant Grove, Utah Monday responded to the plea from Provo police by donating 50 protective masks to the department.
Fortem Technologies -- a drone security technology company -- delivered the masks to the department on Monday, according to a news release, which also stated:
With supplies for personal protective gear running low across the country, Fortem used its 3-D printers to help bridge the gap with the Provo Police Department.
Original story below.
(KUTV) -- Officers with the Provo Police Department are asking anyone with a 3D printer to donate protective masks since the department, like much of America, is unable to purchase masks.
Provo police made the plea for the public's help in a Facebook post, which stated:
Calling all 3D Printer owners, we need your HELP! Provo Police Department and Provo Fire Department, like many in the nation, are unable to purchase protective masks. If you have a 3D Printer PLEASE go to our webpage and download the blueprint/instruction on how to print these masks.
Dr. Dusty Richardson from Billings Montana created the 3D blueprint and has so generously shared it throughout the nation at no cost.
The Provo Police Department -- which is partnering with Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, Nebo School District, and the Utah County Sheriff's Office -- can only print one mask every two-and-a-half hours.
Police said: "If you want to contribute and have a desire to donate PLEASE print these masks, bring them to the front counter at 48 S. 300 W., Provo, UT 84601, pick up the phone, dial 801-852-6210 and let dispatch know you are dropping masks off."