DOTHAN, Al. (WDHN) — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dothan Fire Department has utilized a pandemic plan.
“The number one thing we do is we start with dispatch,” Dothan Fire Chief Larry Williams said. “We have them do screening so that they ask persons in a phone call do they have symptoms of virus, and if they do and they are ambulatory, we ask them to please meet us outside.”
Before departing, dispatch notifies first-responders if any patients are showing signs of the virus.
“They go out in gowns,” Williams said. “They out on gloves. They put on goggles. We have an extra shield they wear, and of course, they wear N-95 respirator masks.”
In instances such as a car wreck or structure fire, firefighters have turn-out gear, which protects them from any possible viruses.
Williams said the pandemic has brought a lot of stress to the firefighters, but leaders are working to help.
“We’ve been trying to provide whatever outlets we can to keep them you know keep them motivated during this process,” he said. “They’re doing a great job I’m telling you. The city of Dothan is so fortunate to have public safety employees.”