Emergency personnel bracing for coronavirus

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Cherika Chargualaf, the Guam Fire Department's acting spokesperson, said EMS is working closely with the Guam Memorial Hospital and Guam Public Health for planning a coronavirus response.

EMS personnel on island say they’re on the offensive when it comes to the novel coronavirus.

In a sit-down interview with PNC, Cherika Chargualaf, the Guam Fire Department’s acting spokesperson, said EMS is working closely with the Guam Memorial Hospital and Guam Public Health for planning a coronavirus response.

Chargualaf says they’re attending workshops and planning for all the “what if’s”

As for whether frontline staffers are taking any additional precautions, Chargualaf said they are still responding to calls with normal protocols.

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“We don’t have a greater fear of doing our job because this is the job that we do, the firefighters out in the field specifically. So they go to work, they do what they need to do and we just hope that we don’t have to implement plans that are being created and updated,” Chargualaf said.

She addded: “I know that they’ve gone through, probably 80 percent fit-tested for the N95 mask. But any other specialized equipment, at this point, we don’t have plans for any additional specialized equipment.”

Charlgulauf says the force is working with GMH for N95 mask fitting and training.

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