First responders receive training to prepare for coronavirus spread

Local fire departments, police and EMS crews are all receiving training updates to stay protected as coronavirus cases rise across the region.

News 12 Staff

Mar 7, 2020, 5:42 PM

Updated 1,540 days ago

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The Metuchen Fire Department hosted a lesson Saturday on how to keep first responders safe if they encounter a person showing signs of having the coronavirus.
First responders are taking precautions responding to a potential flu or coronavirus call by wearing a mask, goggles and covering their hands with latex gloves. Then, they focus on keeping the virus from spreading on the scene of the response.
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“Anyone who is symptomatic or that they believe has the virus, they put a simple mask on them,” says Metuchen Fire Chief Rob Donnan.
Medical masks and fire masks are an integral part of keeping the airborne virus from spreading to police, fire and EMS crews, but the masks must fit correctly to be effective.
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Metuchen fire crews test their masks twice a year to make sure they fit properly and are effective.
The CDC does not recommend people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from the coronavirus.
News 12 will host a 30-minute call-in show Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. where experts will answer your questions about the coronavirus. The show will be followed by a special Facebook Live Q&A.


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