911 dispatchers in Pierce County are now asking callers about coronavirus symptoms

  • Source: Tacoma News Tribune
  • Published: 03/05/2020 03:02 PM

People calling 911 in Pierce County might face some extra questions from dispatchers about coronavirus symptoms. Starting Thursday, Sound Sound 911 dispatchers have started asking those who call for medical aid if they’re experiencing any coughs, fevers or shortness of breath. It’s an additional precaution to protect first responders and the people they help, said South Sound 911 spokesperson Kris McNamar. If anyone answers yes to the potential symptoms, first responders at the Tacoma Fire Department know to respond accordingly, said spokesperson Joe Meinecke. “We’re going to take the extra time for our personnel to put on goggles, a mask, a gown and gloves,” Meinecke said. “Normally it would just be eye protection and gloves.” First responders started wearing additional protection as a precautionary measure this week. It’s a similar protocol being implemented by fire departments across the region in the wake of an increasing number of coronavirus cases, Meinecke said.


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