Career Firefighters Mat Loughney (left) wears personal protective equipment and Jules Bennett fire callout gear at the Dunedin Central Fire Station on Tuesday. Fire and Emergency New Zealand personnel, both career and volunteer, across the country have adopted plans on how to deal with incidents involving people who are possibly infected with Covid-19 and that means wearing personal protective equipment. Fire and Emergency New Zealand Southland Assistant Area Commander Deane Chalmers said that the process for any response from career, volunteer, or rural firefighters was the same. Mr Chalmers, who is stationed in Invercargill where firefighters are career, said that the personal protective equipment issued to all firefighters, both career and volunteer, was high tech and New Zealand firefighters were well equipped to deal with the threat of the coronavirus. ‘‘This will allow us, ambulance crews and police to prepare before our arrival,’’ Mr Hurley said.
Source: Otago Daily Times March 24, 2020 15:22 UTC