Rapides Parish gets new disinfecting machine

Anonymous donor funds the project
New technology is coming to Cenla to help disinfect local schools and businesses.
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 6:47 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2020 at 7:28 PM CDT
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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - The Louisiana Department of Public Safety has facilitated a partnership with the decontamination company Aeroclave. Through a generous donation, the company’s disinfectant system will be used to clean area schools and businesses to combat COVID-19. The City of Pineville hosted a demonstration of the Aeroclave 3110 that will disinfect rooms and small areas across Alexandria and Pineville.

Cenla leaders met to learn about the company and their machine, which uses a solution called vital oxide. The company explained the system is non-toxic, non-corrosive, and environmentally friendly.

“Vital Oxide is effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens,” Martin Boebek, Aeroclave vice president of sales, said.

“Everything from your common flu to Ebola to Hepatitis, and of course, COVID-19.”

Martin Boebek, Aeroclave Vice President of Sales

Boebek explained, “It will certainly elevate the organization’s ability to not only rapidly and more quickly decon the spaces, but to do so in a very effective manner.”


The machine fogs rooms with the decontamination solution to clean surfaces. It uses tested calibration and science created to focus on an area’s cubic footage. There’s also a handheld feature for smaller areas.

Azar Kayal, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety Community Relations liaison, explained this was all made possible by an anonymous donor. Kayal described the donor’s donation being:

“A generosity of an individual in Central Louisiana, that has the safety of the kids and safety of the community in mind.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office, Rapides Parish School Board, City of Pineville, City of Alexandria, and local fire departments including Rapides Parish District II will receive the system.

“I’m just so thankful to be able to be a part of a community where everybody works together, and we find solutions and not just point out problems. You had a group of folks here today that have identified a problem, and said ‘Here’s a solution for it’. Even a benefactor within the community said, ‘I want to help fund it'. That’s better together.”

Rapides Parish Superintendent Jeff Powell

Powell explained he hopes the implementation will help alleviate some of the fears and concerns in the community about the coronavirus as well as other pathogens that get into schools.

Once the school board and municipalities receive the equipment, Kayal explained the recipients will have to share coordinating when, how and where the machine will be used. News Channel 5 is invited to see how the machine will be used.

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