PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI (Ben Caxton) — Crawford County Emergency Management says they are now accepting donations of certified N95 masks that are new and unused or even expired. An N95 respirator is a protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s. These masks are not to be confused with surgical masks which are loose-fitting and create a physical barrier for the wearer from particulates in the immediate area. These masks are not able to be formed around the mouth and make a seal. Please contact Fire Chief Tad Beutin at the Prairie du Chien Fire Department at 608-326-4365 or his cell phone at 608-306-0361 if you can help with a donation.