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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Acting Fire Chief Michael Dutcher has secured 1,600 N95 masks for his department and the Framingham Police Department.

Chief Dutcher made a regional purchase with other municipalities including Sherborn, Natick, and Hopkinton.

By making a large purchase, it was able to drive the cost down, Dutcher told members of the City Council’s new Public Health & Safety subcommittee Wednesday night.

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Dutcher said he ordered 3,000 N95 masks.

Yesterday, April 15, 1,600 masks arrived in Framingham.

Chief Dutcher said he gave 800 to the police department and kept 800 for his firefighters.

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“Dutcher came through today, with 800 N95 masks,” said Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask to the Council subcommittee last night.

The Framingham Police Department has 3 police officers who have tested positive for COVID-19, and has 10 officersin quarantine.

No one in the Framingham Fire Department has tested positive for the coronavirus, said Dutcher last night. He said he has one firefighter in a self-quarantine due to a family member’s exposure, not work related.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.