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Columbia River Fire and Rescue demonstrates personal protective equipment provided to paramedics

COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - CRFRColumbia River Fire and Rescue is providing medics with additional personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

"If a patient complains of severe flu symptoms or respiratory distress, we will take the highest level of precaution and potentially wear the white suit pictured on the far left. The uniform in the middle and on the right are what we typically wear on medical calls, with added protection of a mask and potentially double gloves as well for extra measure," a post from CRFR explained.

Fire Chief Hoke said there have been several changes since the outbreak. "We have had a number of changes. The level of protective gear has changed. Our 911 Center is doing more screening and letting responders know if a call falls into the protocol," Hoke noted in an email to the Spotlight.

"Our priority is making sure our responders are protected as we can continue to meet the needs of the community. We continue to with Public Health and the Oregon Health Authority and literally update our procedures on an hour by hour basis. Staffing shortages and dwindling protective equipment stock are the biggest challenges we face in this crisis."

CRFR and Scappoose Fire Protection District administrative offices are closed to the public until the public health emergency is over, Hoke reported.

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