Eight CA Firefighters Placed in Isolation

March 14, 2020
The Alameda Fire Department said its stations are fully staffed after eight firefighters were put in isolation following contact with a colleague who tested positive for the coronavirus.

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ALAMEDA, CA —Eight Alameda firefighters are now in isolation awaiting test results after a fellow firefighter was found positive for the coronavirus.

That initial firefighter is being quarantined somewhere outside Alameda County. But city officials have not offered any details or divulged which station the person may have worked at.


It also was not immediately clear how that firefighter contracted the virus or whether the individual showed symptoms while on duty or exposed other first responders while at work.

“Alameda fire stations are fully staffed with no reduction in our capability to respond to calls,” city spokeswoman Sarah Henry said in a statement Friday. “Our first responders have the training and equipment they need to stay safe and protect our community. In addition, this week the Alameda Fire Department accelerated the swearing-in of new recruits. These new firefighters are prepared and trained to protect and serve.”

Led by Chief Edmond Rodriguez, the Alameda Fire Department has about 117 employees, six divisions and four stations, according to the department’s website.


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