Wildland firefighters in Oregon will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of fire season

  • Source: KPTV-TV Fox 12 Portland
  • Published: 03/26/2021 12:00 AM

The next group of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility includes wildland firefighters. Even with vaccinations, the expectation is that this fire season will still have a lot of the same COVID-19 precautions as last year. Firefighters dealt with new precautions and changing logistics. Historic wildfires in a global pandemic meant new challenges, new precautions and changing logistics for firefighters on the front lines. "We would respond to these incidents we wouldn’t really have any direct interaction with the management teams everything would be done over the radios and the small breakouts," Tanner Scott, a crew supervisor for wildland firefighters with Miller Timber Services, said. "Trying to ensure were we going to have safe places for people to take bathroom breaks while they were on their way to fires, were they gonna be able to stop and have a meal," was one of the challenges that Deborah Miley, the Executive Director of the National Wildfire Suppression Association, talked about.


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