By WCJB Staff | Posted: Tue 6:13 PM, Mar 31, 2020 | Updated: Tue 6:50 PM, Mar 31, 2020
MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) — As the number of COVID-19 cases increases in North Central Florida, almost everything has changed when it comes to responding to an emergency.
In Marion County, paramedics with Marion County Fire Rescue are training with the coronavirus in mind, practicing how a potential COVID-19 call would look like.
It’s training done for those assigned to one of MCFR’s four ‘COVID-19 Response Teams’.
“We’re making daily adjustments, we’re learning from this,” MCFR Fire Chief James Banta said.
Each of these teams is comprised of firefighters and paramedics dedicated solely to COVID-19 911 calls, outfitted with personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, goggles and SCBA equipment so they keep themselves and their patients safe.
Crews receive roughly 40 calls a day related to coronavirus and are expecting that number to increase, that’s why they want to be prepared.
“This pandemic can expand so rapidly that it could defiantly have a negative impact and in change, it would put the citizens of Marion County at risk,” Capt. Daniel Jodoin said.
These units are stationed within the City of Ocala, Spruce Creek and near on Top of the World, and the fourth is planned for MCFR’s station number 10 in The Villages.