PHOENIX — An Arizona firefighter’s association is pleading with the community to limit 911 calls to just emergencies after seeing crews contract COVID-19 at an “alarming rate.”
United Phoenix Firefighters wrote on a Facebook post on Thursday that, “Valley fire departments are seeing a profound spike in our call volumes for COVID related calls.”
But firefighters say they’re being exposed to the virus unnecessarily.
“In most cases, those with COVID-19 experience mild to moderate symptoms that can be easily managed at home. If you are concerned about an exposure or symptoms, a call to your physician is usually the best way to get further direction.”
People who want to get tested for the virus should consult their physician over the phone or locate a testing site – not call 911, according to the association.
They say the number of firefighters affected by coronavirus has impacted staffing at firehouses.
“Please help us help you by calling 911 only when someone is experiencing severe symptoms,” the post read. “By working together, we can ensure that the emergency workers you rely on will be healthy and able to be there when you need them most.”