Firefighters transport 3 suspected Covid-19 patients to SGH

Firefighters from ERMS team transporting three suspected Covid-19 cases from Samarahan to Sarawak General Hospital.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Mar 25: Firefighters from the Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) team responded to an emergency involving the transport of three suspected Covid-19 cases this afternoon.

The three —a 40-year-old woman with her children aged 11 and 4—were transported from their house at Samarahan to Sarawak General Hospital this afternoon, after her husband who worked as a lecturer was tested positive for the virus.

They were accompanied by medical officers from Sarawak Health Department.

Many may not realise this, but firefighters also respond as front liners during this pandemic.

Together with the Hazardous Material Unit Team (HAZMAT), these firefighters were trained to transport people and all of them have been given personal protective equipment (PPE) which include gowns, shoe covers, gloves, face masks and goggles.

Each equipment from all EMRS ambulances belonging to Fire and Rescue department (Bomba) will be wrapped and protected accordingly and on standby to transfer suspected or positive Covid-19 cases.

After every transfer, the EMRS ambulance and the firefighters themselves, are cleaned according to procedure. —DayakDaily

Firefighters preparing their EMRS ambulance and on standby to transfer suspected or positive Covid-19 cases.