Medina firefighters will take coronavirus precautions in responding to EMS calls

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2020 at 9:40 am

MEDINA – The Medina Fire Department will take some added precautions in responding to emergency medical calls due to concerns with the coronavirus and urges understanding from the community.

Fire Chief Matt Jackson posted this message on the fire department’s Facebook page:

“Dear Residents of the Village of Medina and Adjacent Communities We Serve:

“I am writing about the Village of Medina Fire Department’s precautionary measures related to COVID-19. Thankfully the virus itself has not yet had a direct impact on our communities. We have been implementing reasonable and proactive steps to protect the communities we serve, as well as our personnel.

“Because of our responsibility to our communities, we are enhancing our precautions to ensure we remain fully-staffed and healthy. Rest assured, we will still respond to your emergencies as we always have and always will.

“However, if we are dispatched to your home, you might find yourself being asked questions by our personnel from your doorway and we may also be wearing protective equipment such as a mask, eye protection and gown. You may also be asked to a wear a mask while we assess your medical condition. Again, this is being done out of an abundance of caution to maintain a healthy, prepared emergency response team.

“We will continuously reassess this situation and pass along any pertinent information as needed. We would also ask you to be proactive and take this situation seriously. Stay informed, wash your hands, stay home when sick and call 911 only for true emergencies. Please follow the guidance of actual medical professionals, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the NYS Department of Health.”

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