April 8, 2020
Three City Firefighters, One Recruit, Being Tested
Out of precaution, three City of Santa Maria Fire Department personnel are being tested to determine if they have COVID-19. All three were sent home today to self-quarantine until the test results come back (estimated to be tomorrow).
According to Fire Chief Leonard Champion, this morning two crew members working out of the same fire station reported that they were experiencing COVID-related symptoms. Both firefighters and the third member of their crew were sent for testing, and the station and equipment were sanitized.
“We continue to practice social distancing, adhere to screening protocols that our dispatchers are performing, limiting the number of firefighters rendering medical assistance, and wearing all personal protective equipment,” Chief Champion said.
On a related matter, one of the Department’s firefighter recruits was sent home on Tuesday with similar symptoms. That recruit also was sent for testing and then home to self-quarantine. Test results are anticipated today.
Questions may be directed to the Public Information Manager at (805) 925-0951 extension 2372.
Department: City Manager’s Office
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