NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Fire Department announced Thursday they have been made aware of a firefighter testing positive for COVID-19.
A release from the department states the firefighter was off shift on accrued leave/sick leave prior to his diagnosis.
Other personnel assigned to his fire station and shift will be monitored and if they develop symptoms, will be tested.
The release goes on to mention the department’s efforts to update protocols to better protect personnel who do work with the public, including increased use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and checking our personnel’s temperatures.
The Nashville Firefighters Union released a statement to News 2, which reads:
Our Firefighters and Medics are on the front lines of the epidemic, today’s news of one of our firefighters has tested positive was not shocking but was news that none of us wanted to hear. Because of the amount of exposures that our are members exposed to daily, we are at a very high risk. I would ask the public to please if you are calling 911 because of symptoms of COVID-19 and you have someone that can transport you to the hospital please utilize personal transportation because this will greatly help our first responders with the potential exposures. It is very likely for just one firefighter or medic that has been exposed to infect many others during the shift. Our Firefighters are on duty for 24 hour shifts and Medics for 12 hours shifts.Mark Young
President IAFF Local 140
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