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45 Fort Wayne firefighters quarantined after COVID-19 exposure; city says service will remain the same

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Two Fort Wayne Firefighters tested positive for COVID-19, and about 45 firefighters who were exposed are quarantining at home for two weeks.

Fire administrators found out about the first positive test Thursday.

The city says despite lower manpower, public safety will not waver during the next two weeks. Firefighters will work to keep the customary four-minute response time.

Firefighters often rotate shifts and attend different fire stations during their time on the clock.

A public information officer with the FWFD said one of the firefighters who was exposed went to four different fire stations during one shift.

Five of the 18 fire stations have two apparatus available, but if there is not enough manpower at a particular station, sometimes only one apparatus will be in service for an emergency run.

Firefighters who were not exposed have been offered overtime to fill the open positions, but until an entire station has to be closed, the overtime will not be mandatory. 

The FWFD said they will also temporarily stop specialty team training, in-person classroom training and tours of fire stations.

Kayla Crandall

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