ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Firefighters at Douglas Fire District No. 2 are preparing for the worst as coronavirus continues to spread throughout the nation.
Officials said they require all firefighters to wear personal protective equipment, or PPE, while on medical calls to avoid catching the virus.
However, they said they’re worried they may run out of supplies soon because medical supplies have been in high demand.
Officials said they may start reducing the number of firefighters who go on calls so they can reduce the amount of PPE they use each day.
If they run out, officials said they will start using their own equipment as make-shift PPE. For example, they said a firefighter could show up wearing a gas mask on a call where a gas mask is not really needed.
“I don’t want to say we’re taking shortcuts, but we’re trying to find the least amount that we can use to still provide protection,” said fire chief Rob Bullock.
Bullock said his station is well-stocked right now, so it may be a while until they need to start using their equipment.
However, he urges people to donate extra medical supplies to their local first responders if they can.