Three firefighters and a police officer in Mobile have tested positive for COVID-19, city officials said Tuesday.
James Barber, executive director of public safety with the city of Mobile, said during a press conference Tuesday that the four city employees tested positive.
The positives come after Mobile-based Synergy Laboratories donated 500 “test kits” and 131 asymptomatic first responders were given the 10-minute rapid blood tests on Monday.
Barber said the four employees have been quarantined at home until swab tests confirm the virus and physicians provide further guidance.
The rapid blood tests search for antibodies in the blood, which could show a past infection, but not necessarily active infections that are still contagious.
The swab tests will confirm an active infection if one exists.
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Fultondale Fire Department added a new vehicle to the department’s fleet to respond to emergencies in the city.
Rescue 411 is a dual-purpose pumper and rescue truck that can be used to extinguish fires or run medical calls for citizens in distress. The new vehicle was ordered by the city earlier this year and delivered this week.
Fultondale Fire posted on Facebook, thanking the city and mayor for the new truck and said,” Fultondale firefighters will be able to respond to a variety of different types of emergency calls that this apparatus and our personnel will be fit to handle. We appreciate our City Leadership for allowing us to take another step into the future, with improved equipment to cover emergency response for our City and Citizens.”
The city also acquired a new tractor to help with brush cutting along roadsides in the city to keep right-of-ways cleared.
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Fairhope Volunteer Firefighters are giving back to the community in a big way while kids are stuck at home during this isolation period.
“Yeah it was really exciting to have something fun like this for his birthday because of having to stay home,” said Ben Jones, who’s son celebrated his 7th birthday this week.
The threat of coronavirus has forced a lot of birthday parties to get canceled. These firefighters are making it their mission to surprise kids by pulling up in a firetruck and turning on the sirens.
“Kids faces just absolutely light up when we do it. We love doing it and we’ve had a great time doing it,” said Chris Weinberg with the Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department.
Firefighters have visited 24 homes since Friday and the list continues to grow.
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