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A Squadron of Private Planes from California Airlifts Medical Aid to Fire-Ravaged Oregon

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A A flying armada organized by volunteer pilots flying private aircraft today delivered 100,000 KN95 respirators from Direct Relief's California-based humanitarian distribution center to residents and firefighters in Oregon's worst-hit fire-zones.
A Squadron of Private Planes from California Airlifts Medical Aid to Fire-Ravaged Oregon
The airlift also includes medications and supplies to treat up to 750 people, including firefighters, for health conditions often associated with wildfire emergencies. Items include inhalers for people with respiratory diseases, antibiotics for dermal and ophthalmic injuries, irrigation solutions, and wound care products, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers.California to Oregon
The volunteer pilots from the California Pilots Association Disaster Area Response Team (CalDART) and Angel Flights West loaded their planes at Santa Barbara Airport Saturday morning with the Direct Relief-donated materials before departing for Eugene, Oregon, some via secondary staging areas at Northern California airports."Hopefully, the rain expected this weekend in Oregon will bring much-needed moisture to the area," said Levi Maaia, a volunteer pilot and flight operations coordinator for CalDART based in Santa Barbara. "I'll be keeping a close watch on the weather and smoke conditions as I plan my flight from here to Eugene in our Cessna."
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