Fire departments take precautions during outbreak


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Essential personnel, including firefighters, are taking extra precautions when it comes to the outbreak.

The Champaign Fire Department is not only protecting the community, but it’s protecting crews. They are using equipment to keep them safe from coronavirus.

When they get calls for someone with flu-like symptoms, they will only send one person in first. 911 dispatchers will also ask more questions about a person’s health.

The department wants to reassure you, this won’t disrupt their responses. “There will be no delay to any call whatsoever,” said Gary Ludwig, Champaign Fire Chief. “We will still process calls as normal and we will respond as normal. That is no different than if we were in a non-pandemic situation.” The department does want you to remember, only call 911 in case of an emergency.

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