California's Orange County first responders test new 911 call system to reduce potential COVID-19 exposure

  • Source: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
  • Published: 03/18/2020 12:00 AM

VIDEO: The novel coronavirus is changing the way first responders with the Orange County Fire Authority respond to calls. Crews demonstrated what it will look like in a mock call Tuesday. If it doesn't put a life at risk, dispatchers will screen callers. For patients showing symptoms of novel coronavirus, crews will wear their personal protective equipment. That's masks and gowns added to the usual gloves and goggles. Capt. Jason Fairchild with OCFA Incident Management Team said symptomatic patients will be asked to meet the responding crew outside. "When they take the 911 call, they're trying to direct people if they're able to walk and do so safely, we would like them to come outside," Fairchild said. All patients will get a mask right away just in case to reduce the risk of exposure to firefighters and the public.



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