Fire crews battling fires also have to worry about COVID-19

— When fires fighters get that call, staying six feet apart is the last thing on their mind.

“Realistically it’s a lot harder,” said Aaron Procter of the Raleigh Fire Department.

That’s especially true when sticking together is what they’re trained to do.

“If you go in and search, the safest thing is to be together to search, in a smoky room where the safest thing for us is to be together,” Procter said.

If battling fires wasn’t enough they now have another challenge, practicing social distancing to avoid getting sick from the coronavirus.

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“I’m trying not to take it home to my wife,” said Raleigh Fire Department Capt. Donald Williams.

Crews are doing their best to keep their distance and keep themselves and others safe.

“Cleaning, disinfecting all the time, spraying everything down,” Procter said.

Fire crews are also making sure they’re taking their temperature everyday. When responding to medical calls, they’re limiting the amount of time and the number of firefighters that are going in to assist.

“Just like everybody else, it’s on our minds, but we are in a job that’s inherently dangerous, and our job is to help people,” Battalion Chief Chris Gibbons said.

Gibbons also said in Raleigh, the number one cause of fires is cooking. With the stay-at-home orders, he said there’s probably going to be a lot of that, so he’s asking everyone to be careful.

Published at Sun, 05 Apr 2020 02:01:04 +0000

Source: https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/fire-crews-battling-fires-also-have-to-worry-about-covid-19/19042853/