Detroit medics, firefighters told to clean up bloody scenes without training, equipment

  • Source: Detroit Metro Times
  • Published: 03/07/2019 12:00 AM

Mike Nevin figured it was a prank. There's no way the city is now requiring firefighters and medics to clean up blood from crime and accident scenes without the proper training or equipment, the president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association told himself. “I thought it was a joke when I first saw it,” Neven tells Metro Times. “This is beyond insane.” Beginning Tuesday, firefighters and medics are required to use hoses to wash blood and other bodily fluids “down the sewer drains,” even though they lack the equipment and training to handle biohazard remediation. They also are tasked with collecting bloody clothing and other material and take it to the firehouse in “a red bio bag,” which Nevin said no one has received.


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