CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Cardinal Joint Fire District is temporarily closing one of its fire stations in Canfield Township for a couple of days after a firefighter came down with flu-like symptoms.
According to officials, Station 2 on Messerly Road will be closed until an outside company can disinfect the station.
Firefighters who normally work at the station, as well as one engine and an ambulance, have been reassigned to the department’s other two stations.
Chief Don Hutchison said the station could be closed for a couple of days. He said the department has seen an increasing number of calls involving respiratory illness, now handling two or three a day on average.
“We take all the precautions. We’re wearing the masks, gloves, gowns, eye protections, everything like that to protect them, but it’s going to be the unknown case, going into a house with people with unknown symptoms that’s my biggest fear right now,” said Deputy Chief Matt Rarick.
Because of the increase, the department recently rented another ambulance outfitted with plastic sheeting just to transport patients with respiratory problems. This allows firefighters can keep their regular ambulances in service without having to completely disinfect them after every call.