FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2020
Waterloo Fire Rescue Urges Residents to Follow CDC Guidelines
Waterloo Fire Rescue is urging members of the communities to do their part in ensuring they are also following the social distancing and self-quarantine recommendations of CDC and other health officials. They stress that these recommendations not only aid in personal reduction of risk of contracting the virus but the protection of essential public safety and medical personnel as well.
“Waterloo Fire Rescue has always appreciated and relied on the support of our community,” says Treloar. “You can continue to show that support by staying home and going out only if absolutely necessary.”
This comes after Waterloo Fire Rescue received confirmation that a member of the department has tested positive for COVID-19.
“I am very concerned about our member that has contracted the virus and we continue to monitor all personnel,” continues Chief Treloar.
The department has been practicing social distancing, self-screening, frequent handwashing and routine cleaning in accordance with and in some cases beyond CDC and public health guidance since mid-March. Fire and ambulance personnel are also following very specific guidelines and protocols related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) while responding to all calls for service.
“It is imperative that the public understand that the men and women that function as ‘Essential Personnel’ in public safety and healthcare will continue to perform their duties every day despite the increased risk and effects of this pandemic and will absolutely respond when they call,” says Chief Treloar.
WFR ask that residents utilize the 911 system for true emergencies only. For less urgent needs, a primary healthcare provider should be the first contact. This will allow responders to focus their efforts on those that are truly experiencing an emergency situation and assure that PPE is available to mitigate risk in the safest way possible for everyone involved.
“I want to assure our residents that we are continually adjusting operations to ensure that Waterloo Fire Rescue is fully prepared to provide all expected emergency services to the community,” concludes Treloar.
Waterloo Fire Rescue
Pat Treloar, Chief
425 East 3rd Street
Waterloo, IA 50703P: 319.291.4460