Union: Entire Nashville Fire Department should get tested for COVID-19

  • Source: WTVF CBS 5 Nashville
  • Published: 06/26/2020 12:00 AM

A handful of Nashville Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The president of the International Association of Firefighters has some concerns. “The ideal situation wouldn’t be to close a station, if you need to quarantine all personnel from that station, then do it," said Mark Young. Young thinks it would be great to do rapid-result testing for the entire fire department and “and stop the spread.” While waiting for test results, he believes firefighters and paramedics who were in contact with the people who are positive should quarantine. “If staffing is going to get in the way of that, overtime has got to be used,” Young said. The department has transported nearly 290 COVID-19 patients.


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