A fire officer, attached to the Fire Services headquarters on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, has tested positive for covid19, while 11 others are in self-quarantine. According to the Newsday online, this was confirmed by Chief Fire Officer Marlon Smith on Saturday.
This latest case comes after two police officers and a prisons officer tested positive last week. Smith said the officer reported for duty on Tuesday and complained of feeling unwell. He was sent home along with the rest of the staff who were advised to take the rest of the week off. The headquarters was sanitised the following day. On Friday, the results came back positive and the staff that were at work was advised to self-quarantine for the next 10 days. Additionally, the service is now operating on a rostered system to minimise the number of officers at the location at one time.
News Power Now spoke with Fire Services Association President, Leo Ramkissoon on the situation. He indicated that the association has made a request to the Ministry of National Security to establish protocols for treating with such occurrences moving forward. He is urging all members of the TTFS to adhere to health protocols in a bid to limit the spread of the virus.