Not every job asks you to drive toward your death every day.
But these days – in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic – that’s pretty much status quo for first responders.
“Our first responders have no choice but to be exposed to COVID-positive people,” said Mark Heine, Chief for the Sonoma County Fire Protection District. “When we get a 911 call, we are going up against an illness that kills people. We are transporting a person with a virus that kills people.”
Heine is the chief of nine stations covering Windsor, Santa Rosa, Calistoga and Guerneville. The men and women in his crews aren’t just fire fighters. They’re EMT professionals answering the hundreds of daily 911 distress calls populating the local PulsePoint app. They’re the first on the scene when you have a stroke, asthma attack or broken bone.
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