First responders ask for public help in fighting COVID-19

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As part of the spear party in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, first responders from their community’s residents ask for their help.

The same applies to Pensacola.

“One of my roles here is the city’s head of emergency operations.” So all the sacrifices you all make in Pensacola, you make the city those sacrifices as well, ”said Pensacola Fire Chief Jenny Cranor. An example of this, she says, is the parking lot in City Hall.

“There are not many city employees here today; Cranor said:“ We are operating under Operations Continuity Plans. ”“ We are actively taking our direction from the Florida Department of Emergency Management, and in coordination with Escampia County [Emergency Operations Center]. ”

Cranor announced that a Pensacola firefighter was a positive test for COVID-19, after returning from a recent international flight.

“They are in very good condition, but they have not returned to a fire station since they returned from this travel; Cranor said:“ This is a good thing. ”“ It is important that we keep our workforce well; all first responders and everyone else.

The city imposes on all employees who have recently traveled internationally or on cruises to 14-day self-isolation. The President reminds everyone that there are a limited number of first responders – fire, police, and emergency medical medicine – all of whom are at risk of developing COVID-19 through their duties.

Cranor said: “So we ask you to continue to make the sacrifice and good job you do.” We need you to search a little longer and work to stay at home and protect the first responders and all the vital infrastructure in the city.

When you call 911, Cranor says, you’re asking for an emergency, to the point where you’re having trouble breathing – one of the symptoms of COVID. She says it is important to call an ambulance for that.

Cranor said of problems that do not involve breathing problems: “Please continue to contact your primary care provider, the Ministry of Health, or the 24-hour hotline number (850-746-2684).” If you call another health condition that requires an ambulance, wait in the open air. This puts first responders outdoors, making everyone safer.

The basics of self-protection – frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing in tissues or your elbow, etc. – remain at the forefront of fighting coronavirus. And also stay home, if necessary. Cranor refers to a picture now circulated – not intended as pun – on social media, which implores people to become part of the solution, and does not increase the problem.

“We came to work for you. Please stay home for us.” I can’t think of anything else that better describes how important it is to play our role as citizens now and help reduce the increase in health care. “

“Actually, the volume of our calls has decreased by almost 30%, which is good,” said Pensacola Police Chief, Tommy Litter. “Of course, all the bars are closed, all the restaurants are closed. It opens the way for reduced calls.”

Liter says the preventive measures for officers have been in place since the early days of the outbreak.

“We have made very big changes internally; liter said early we went to“ communication and reporting. ” Actually we no longer have a lineup at the station, we push them out via computers. So, if they don’t have to go to the police station, we ask them not to go to the police station. “

Another precaution is that officers will not personally respond to so-called “minor situations” that have expired and do not require evidence collection, and procedures also cover interruption of traffic.

“Most of the traffic stops lead to easy social exclusion, simply because you interact with someone inside the car, and the officer is outside,” the president said. “Whenever possible, we’ll ask them to go out and continue to maintain that 6-foot social spacing. So knock on the wood – we’re doing a good job.

Liter says healthcare professionals who work with coronavirus patients – doctors, nurses, and support staff – are people, too. The public can help protect them by treating them with respect and taking their own actions.

“The best thing you can do – we are not asking you to climb mountains, we are not asking you to fight wars,” said Liter. “We ask you to simply isolate yourself if you are sick; maintain social separation, and not enter into groups of 10 or more. Not heavy.”

At the direction of the state, the Pensacola Fire and Police Department temporarily suspended the fire station tours, to protect first responders and maintain critical public safety infrastructure.

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