JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– Mayor Lenny Curry released a statement Friday night, stating that 214 Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighters have actually self-quarantined, and 14 have actually checked favorable for COVID-19.
The mayor posted on Twitter:
The next day, he tweeted that the whole fire department is being evaluated.
Ive been closely keeping an eye on the health & & security of our fire fighters considering that Chief Powers first informed me previously this week that 2 had actually checked favorable for COVID. Our capability to secure and serve the citizens of Jacksonville is reliant on keeping our first responders healthy.– Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) June 27, 2020
1. As I specified last night, our capability to secure and serve our people is reliant on keeping our very first responders healthy. Today we began the testing of the entire fire department. pic.twitter.com/ecXx1Qab74— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) June 27, 2020
Today we began the testing of the whole fire department.
Our capability to secure and serve the residents of Jacksonville is reliant on keeping our first responders healthy.– Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) June 27, 2020
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A week back, sources informed News4Jax there were 60 firefighters on self-quarantine.
In April, the Jacksonville City Council passed two emergency bills that enable former JFRD members and Jacksonville Sheriffs Office police and corrections officers to come out of retirement to assist react to the coronavirus crisis.
According to a representative for the mayor, firefighters are expected to begin coming off quarantine in 2 days, which senior citizens will not be required at this time.
The representative stated that starting right away, firemens will have brand-new safety protocols. They consist of wearing masks at all times and being socially distanced at shift changes, while eating and while sleeping.