As COVID-19 (coronavirus) has continued to spread throughout local communities, the firefighters and administrative staff of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, continue to serve day in and day out.
In order to protect their families and the public, and to limit possible exposures, they have made the difficult decision to close the Fire Stations to the public for non-emergency business. This includes having to cancel all station tours, public education sessions, and community events as crews do their part to limit the potential for exposure. The administrative offices will continue to be open with limited access, which is subject to change to ensure the safety of staff and the community.
Fire Chief Michael Whorton stated in a press release on March 19 to, “Please, for your safety and wellbeing, continue to follow the guidance of the CDC; wash your hands with soap and water often and use hand sanitizer when that is not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and adhere to social distancing. If you call 911 and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, cough, fever, or difficulty breathing please let the call taker know so our first responders can take proper precautions before making entry into the residence or business.”
The chief also offered his gratitude to his firefighters and support personnel.
“Proudly I say, Thank you to the firefighters and administrative staff of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District for selflessly serving their communities during these stressful times and to their families, thank you for supporting them and our communities,” said Whorton.