VIDEO: Social distancing guidelines have prompted new protocol for first responders. Law enforcement officers, paramedics, and firefighters have been doing their best to try and minimize any potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.
It’s not easy in their line of work. COVID-19 has made it more challenging.
“This is unconventional for everybody, (and) everything we’re doing,” said Captain Anthony Burton with the Salt Lake City Fire Department.
Salt Lake City firefighter paramedics have still been responding to calls. They’re just doing it differently.
Local officials have put new procedures in place when someone calls 911 emergency dispatchers.
“We’re just sending one responder in initially, so we’re minimizing our contact,” said Captain Burton. “We’ve now changed our protocol to where we’re asking if people can walk to meet us outside of their building or outside of their home.”
He said that reduces exposure for both the paramedic and the person they’re helping.