Milwaukee first responders, dispatchers take precautions amid corona virus concerns

  • Source: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee
  • Published: 03/07/2020 04:48 PM

First responders in the Milwaukee area are taking the usual precautions and extra steps amid concerns about coronavirus in the U.S. Capt. Dan Tyk at North Shore Fire & Rescue said his firefighters and EMS are handwashing before and after every call, and they're disinfecting all equipment weekly -- if not daily. "The precautions for us are literally sometimes changing by the hour or the day depending on the guidance that the CDC and our medical directors are putting out," Tyk said. His team is ready for the virus, but at the moment they have a limited supply of the special N95 protective masks. The masks require a "fit test" that allows it to provide a seal over the wearer's face. "We've been trying for over a month to procure more (masks)," Tyk said.


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