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Aim is to shield firefighters from potential exposure to COVID-19 virus in addition to other steps.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, which covers four counties, has announced steps to limit public contact and potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus through the end of April.

These steps are:

• Use of community rooms at fire stations and station tours are suspended.

• First responders will not attend community events. (Examples include school visits, neighborhood and community association meetings, and non-emergent community activities.)

• All district-organized events have been canceled or postponed.

• Inspections by TVF&R's fire & life safety team are suspended at large assembly occupancies.

The district extends from east Washington County into Multnomah, Clackamas and Yamhill counties. Among the cities within TVF&R: Beaverton, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville and Newberg.

The steps are in addition to updating emergency dispatchers on handling calls, refreshing firefighters and emergency medical technicians about the use of protective equipment, and assessing patients to limit potential exposure to the virus.

A statement by the district says:

"We are grateful for the community support we have received while we address the specific needs of COVID-19 and look forward to resuming our community outreach efforts in the future. These precautionary measures will continue to be evaluated, and updates will be provided as necessary."

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