Officers are taking preparations for potential excessive water rescues that fireside division personnel must handle through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We now have what we name COVID kits on every of our excessive water autos,” mentioned chief of operations for HFD, Michael Mire. “Inside a water-resistant plastic case will likely be 300 masks for folks we rescue. The vehicles that may maintain as much as 20 folks will be decontaminated after every journey. COVID is now layering every little thing the hearth division does.”
He additionally added that what might be a flooding emergency on prime of a pandemic, is simply extra of a take a look at for the division.
“I’ve by no means seen a gaggle of individuals extra resilient,” Mire mentioned of the hearth division.
Firefighters would be the ones to get folks out of flooded properties or take folks injured in accidents to hospitals.
“If the medical middle is flooded in, we might must take them to hospitals aside from Ben Taub or Memorial Hermann. We’re additionally asking folks to be understanding if that ought to occur,” Mire mentioned.
Ought to you could name an ambulance through the storm that is predicted to final into Sunday, Mire asks you to assemble all of your drugs and be able to go.
“That saves time throughout fast evacuations. And when you’ve got signs or have examined constructive for COVID, inform the 911 dispatcher so our crews know the right way to reply safely.”
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