HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (WFFT) - First responders are some of the people more at risk of contracting COVID-19
Now they have to act fast to not only save a person in trouble but themselves.
"We can't close our doors. We still respond no matter what. We also can't pick and choose the places we're going to go to. We still have to enter that home and treat that patient and if that means we have six to ten responders working a cardiac arrest, we have to be in there in full precautions at all times," Huntertown Fire Chief Robert Boren said.
It's not a job they can do from home, so officers and firefighters say they clean up after every call and try their best to keep space between who they help.
Boren said you have to do what you have to.
"With COVID-19 being here, kinda being a slight game changer for us. we're looking out for us as well as the patients. Some of those things include what we call a six foot assessment where we will be six foot away from the patient," he explained.
Police officers and firefighters are working with dispatchers to find out if a caller has symptoms of the virus before they arrive.
"We have safety equipment, masks, gloves, plenty of hand sanitizer at this point. We're looking into doing what we do, but we want to insure the public that we are trying our best to keep them safe as well as ourselves safe," Sgt. Sofia Rosales- Scatena said.