Fire Station 21 is housing first responders who have been exposed to COVID-19. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Fire Station 21 is housing first responders who have been exposed to COVID-19. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Kirkland fire, police fully staffed, responding to calls as normal amid coronavirus outbreak

The city is continuing to operate its emergency operations center.

  • Friday, March 13, 2020 12:06pm
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The Kirkland fire and police departments remain fully staffed and are responding to calls as normal as of March 12.

City first responders have Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended personal-protection equipment and are following recommended protocols.

The city currently has 19 firefighters and zero police officers in quarantine. Twenty-seven firefighters have now been released after completing their recommended quarantine period.

Most first responders are in isolation or quarantine at home. Fire Station 21 continues to be kept offline and is available to firefighters for isolation, a second facility is being used for quarantine.

“We are grateful that we’ve been able to release many firefighters back to duty,” said Kirkland Fire Chief Joe Sanford in a city press release. “I continue to be impressed every day with our first responders and I can’t express how proud I am of their dedication to serving the community”.

All first responders currently symptomatic are in the process of being tested. Twenty-two tests came back negative; one is positive. For the tests results that have been negative, first responders will remain in quarantine for the entire 14-day period recommended by Public Health — Seattle & King County.

While the city appreciates the outpouring of support and concern from the community for first responders, Kirkland cannot accept donations at this time.

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