CITY OF SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (CBS46) -- A City of South Fulton fire station is closed after crews responded to a call where the patient then tested positive for the coronavirus.
Fire Station 15 on Cedar Grove Road has been shut down out of an abundance of caution after three firefighters in the department were exposed while assisting with the transport of a teacher at Bear Creek Middle School in Fairburn, who later tested positive for the virus.
Those firefighters are now under quarantine for the next 14 days and are being tested. None have shown symptoms of the virus. The station will not re-open until it has been fully cleaned and sanitized.
Deputy Fire Chief Sterling Jones says the city is proceeding with caution. "Some people may think it's overkill but we don't," said Jones.
Jones says professional cleaning crews will use EPA approved products plus an ozone machine to deplete oxygen levels--killing any possible trace of the virus. He adds that all other crews that are still working do have gloves, masks and gowns to wear if needed.
"We come into such close proximity with patients we kind of take that approach," said Jones. "If we get close to a patient with symptoms then we'll put the mask on the patient and limit exposure of hand to hand contact."
Jones adds that nearby partner agencies will help with calls so the community should not see any delays in response. "The citizens won't see an impact, they'll just see a different vehicle," said Jones.