St. Joseph Fire Department battling Covid
The st joseph fire department is losing around one or two firefighters each week due to covid or quarantining due to contact tracing.
It could be worse, but they say their dispatchers usually give them a good idea ahead of time if they are going into a situation where someone could have covid.
Also, when they go out on a call, only one person will initially enter the scene to limit the number of potential exposures.
They add that they now have plenty of personal protective gear -- though that wasn't the case at the beginning of the pandemic.
And as for staffing -- they've managed -- though the fire chief says that losing firefighters to quarantining has been worse than for covid.
(sot: mike dalsing, sjfd chief: "if we have somebody who is off with covid we normally have them back in about nine days whereas if we have to quarantine somebody, we lose them for a full 14 days.
We've had an equal balance of one to two a week who've been off eithe rbecause of quarantine or with covid."
) should a firefighter test positive for covid, dalsing says that employee is covered under workers comp for their time away.
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