“As of today, October 14, 2020, we have four (4) confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Fire Department. The employees are on various shifts, and work at different firehouses. These employees are quarantined, per CDC and Shelby County Health Department Guidelines. We are able to sufficiently cover the shifts of the quarantined personnel and are staffed to continue normal business operations.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, we have followed all CDC and Shelby County Health Department guidelines. We closed our fire stations to the general public. We have monitored employees as they come to work with temperature checks. Our employees are required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and decontaminate fire houses, equipment and apparatuses twice a shift – every morning and night. Personnel as given sufficient PPE and are taking all precautions when they are going out on all dispatched calls. After every COVID-19 call, personnel are required to take further decontamination steps with showers and a change of uniform.
Our emergency responders have been working extremely hard to serve the community while keeping themselves safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with our employees and their families, and we are hopeful that everyone will safely recover.”
-Mark King, Chief of Administration, Collierville Fire Department