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First-responders forced to take extra precautions when responding to scenes

EMS units must now wear personal protective gear and take extra precautions when on crime scenes.
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Posted at 12:27 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 00:27:55-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- First-responders and 911 dispatchers are having to change the way they do their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

EMS units must now wear personal protective gear and take extra precautions when on crime scenes.

Anyone who calls 911 may receive additional questions from dispatchers to determine if EMS units could be at risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

Miles Turner from Law Enforcement LLC said that the precautions are crucial for those responding to emergency situations.

"You can't do EMS without touching a patient, and particularly on med-flights and life-evac flights, there is no room for social distancing."

Turner said that the social-distancing measures are a crucial part of stopping the spread of the virus and speeding up the process of life returning to normal.