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Fire department makes changes due to the coronavirus

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The coronavirus has changed the way the Quincy Fire Department responds to call.

It is now following CDC guidance to make sure the virus does not impact firefighters and the service it provides.

Deputy Chief Demond Dade said they have cut down drastically on responding to EMS calls and their primary concern is fire and rescue for now.

"Firefighting and rescuing is a main essentially service we provide for Quincy, if our guys end up being quarantine because of the exposures, we can't provide that service to the citizens of Quincy," Dade said.

Also, while at the fire station, they are taking extra precautions including checking temperatures for fever before each shift, but we are told these efforts go beyond the fire house.

"As far as I know everyone in the department is practicing socially distancing , when they go home from work they stay their unless its absolutely necessary," Assistant Chief James Pioch said. "I can tell you myself, I've personally practice that, only one of us in our household, and that's myself goes out to get what we need and I've only had to do that once so far"

The fire department is also cancelling community outreach efforts including car seat checks, to limit exposure with the public.

Pioch added if they do have to respond to an EMS call, they have protective gear like masks and gloves to wear.

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