Firefighters and fisheries workers flying into Alaska will now get COVID-19 testing at the international airport in Fairbanks and Anchorage. A testing tent has been set up to get workers tested before traveling on to remote locations or into the field. The testing tent has actually been at the Fairbanks Airport for a while, to service North Slope oilfield workers. It is run by Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services.
“The latest aspect of what we’re doing in the Fairbanks Airport is that we’ve expanded it on behalf of the state, which has contracted us to test their firefighters that come in to help with the seasonal fires, that we incur in Alaska, as we all know, as well as certain critical industry personnel.”
Mark Highland, of Beacon, says the company has long expertise with remote health clinics and employer drug tests in Alaska, and was contracted on an emergency basis to expand to the COVID-19 testing.