COVID-19

The Augusta Fire Department has begun using personal protective equipment when responding to medical emergency calls to protect patients and firefighters from exposure to the coronavirus, reports The Augusta Chronicle. When dispatch receives a call regarding a medical emergency, additional screening questions will be asked to the patient for possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. Emergency...
Apparatus

The Anna Fire and Rescue Department is offering to send a fire truck — with its lights on — to help local residents celebrate their birthdays during the Shelter at Home order, reports WSIU NPR. Public Information Officer Scott Bennett says the timing worked out because their new firefighters need to complete their driver training...
The Station News

The Brookline Fire Department has temporarily closed one of its stations for cleaning after a member of the department had a fever, reports WCVB 5. Officials said the firefighter will be tested for COVID-19. As a precaution, the department also ordered seven of the firefighters coworkers to self-quarantine. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported...
COVID-19

As part of new protocols to protect firefighters and residents from the deadly virus, will e wearing new protective gear, reports Burnaby Now. Firefighters, who usually respond to medical emergencies in their station uniforms, will now also be swathed in head-to-ankle coveralls. The department decided to take the step to protect firefighters and the public,...
The Station News

The long-awaited Columbus Fire Station opened its doors to serve Columbus residents, reports The Columbus Dispatch. The firefighters pushed a paramedic vehicle to mark tradition to open the $11.5 million station. Were it not for coronavirus precautions, the city certainly wanted to celebrate the state-of-the-art firehouse in a bigger way. For more than 12 years,...
Equipment

The Glastonbury Fire Department said it has made some protocol changes, specifically when responding to 911 calls, reports Eyewitness News 3. When someone dials 911, dispatchers and firefighters now ask a series of questions. Specifically, if the person seeking help has traveled outside of the country and has a cough, a head cold or a...