South Metro Fire orders 12 firefighters to self-isolate

Move comes after two department members test positive for COVID-19

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Posted 3/26/20

Twelve firefighters with South Metro Fire Rescue have been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days after two firefighters tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the agency said March 25. The two …

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South Metro Fire orders 12 firefighters to self-isolate

Move comes after two department members test positive for COVID-19

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Twelve firefighters with South Metro Fire Rescue have been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days after two firefighters tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the agency said March 25.

The two firefighters who tested positive are recovering at home, according to a news release. The other 10 firefighters who came into contact with them have been ordered to self-isolate in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Additionally, if there are any other direct exposures that are found from individuals, citizens and/or patients who have come in direct contact with any of our SMFR personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19, we will be making appropriate notifications,” a news release reads in part.

The agency said it will continue to take proactive measures to limit exposure to COVID-19, including screening calls through the dispatch center, deploying crews with personal protective equipment including masks and gloves, transferring patients to hospitals without crews entering emergency departments, cleaning and disinfecting stations and medic units, and monitoring personnel for fevers at the beginning and end of their shifts.

South Metro Fire Rescue provides fire rescue and paramedic service to a vast swath of the south Denver metro area, covering a 287-square-mile area stretching from Parker to south Jefferson County. The agency employs about 700 people, including 583 firefighters.

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