Cork City Fire Service implements social distancing measures

Cork City Fire Service implements social distancing measures
Pic; Larry Cummins.

CORK City Fire Service has had to put in new measures in place to ensure social distancing on their fire crews.

Second officer Victor Shine told The Echo that the number of crew on a fire truck has been reduced from six to four to comply with the two-metre social distance restriction.

He said: "There are a driver and an officer in the front as usual. In the back, we used to have four. Now, we have two in the back and a further two travelling behind in a jeep."

He added that the two in the back of the truck sit on either side of the truck to ensure they are meeting the distance guidelines.

And he said: "We now have two stations on the city's northside. We are now using the civil defence headquarters next to the fire station in Ballyvolane."

So far, just one member of Cork City Fire Service has tested positive for Covid-19.

Mr Shine said the person contracted the virus outside of work and has since returned to work after isolating for the required two weeks.

At the start of each shift, personnel have their temperature tested and strict measures are in place in a bid to prevent an outbreak of the virus in the service.

He said: "This is to protect both our crews and their families."

Retained fire fighters attached to Ballincollig fire station wear masks when responding to a call out.

He said protective measures will continue for as long as required.

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