A look into how local EMS personnel are staying safe amid the pandemic

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Some professions are unable to follow COVID-19 protocol, such as social distancing, simply by their nature. This includes EMS personnel – those in ambulances that are there to keep us safe! 18 News spoke with Erway Ambulance Services in Elmira to find out how they are handling this pandemic as they are on the front lines every day and not able to safely social distance.

“I feel completely safe. We wear N-95’s and safety glasses that prevent any particulates to get to our eyes with every single patient encounter. Now if there is a patient where we have a strong suspicion has COVID or that we know has COVID, then we go a little more in depth. That is when we put on the gowns and the other protective equipment,” said paramedic Richard Kimball.

Kimball went on to say how they have a machine that will sanitize their ambulances that is specifically designed to kill viral infections on the surfaces.

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