The city is not making major changes to policies at the fire department in response to the unexpected death of Lt. Don Beauchene on Tuesday.
Beauchene, 54, was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week and died Tuesday. Warren Safety Service Director Eddie Colbert said all three fire stations are expected to remain open. The department has been segregating its firefighters since April. Firefighters now are assigned to stations and do not intermingle with firefighters at other stations.
The city is building separate sleeping areas for the firefighters to increase social distancing and spacing at the stations. The city has purchased electrostatic cleaners for the stations and other buildings around the city.
The majority of the city’s departments have been closed to walk-in traffic.
Plans to honor Beauchene are being formalized by the city’s fire department, according to Colbert.