Firefighters across country say they don’t have enough protective supplies to deal with coronavirus

  • Source: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
  • Published: 03/06/2020 12:00 AM

As first responders get more and more calls about coronavirus, there are serious concerns among the ranks on how they respond. “We are very very concerned,” said Patrick Morrison of the IAFF. Morrison said they’re telling fire departments across the country to take inventory of their gear. “What we are hearing from our members around the country is we do not have enough supplies," Morrison said. These supplies include masks, protective suits and gloves. Morrisson said he got word that at least 40-firefighters nationwide are in quarantine as a result of coronavirus calls. Firefighters in D.C. are hoping congress’ funding plan will cover more gear and quickly. “When someone calls 911, they want to ensure that we are delivering a service. But we need to ensure that we are protected first," said John Niemiec of the IAFF.


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