Local firefighters have a special plan in place should they be called into a situation involving coronavirus- the decision was prompted by the arrival of 18 study abroad students who are taking precautionary quarantine on the campus at SUNY Brockport for the next two weeks. While the students have not tested positive for the virus; the department is airing on the side of caution.

Firefighters in Brockport have a special plan in place should they be called into a situation involving coronavirus.

Deputy Fire Chief Scott Smith says if fire crews in town respond to call where a person could have the virus, firefighters will use their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), normally reserved for smoky fires. They will also utilize a two-person initial entry to a situation. The protocol will stand mainly for fire or smoke-related calls but could be used in an EMS call if the responding EMTs are further away.

Smith says the decision was prompted by the arrival of 18 study abroad students who are taking precautionary quarantine on the campus at SUNY Brockport for the next two weeks. While the students have not tested positive for the virus, Smith says the department is airing on the side of caution.

"We don't want to go in and treat [those students] any different than anybody else, we don't want them to be uncomfortable in a situation,” Scott says. “We’re going to treat it as personably as we can."

When a scene is wrapped up, the department will sanitize every piece of equipment used, including the body-worn gear they take in. Smith says they normally follow this when dealing with a situation with possible contaminants present.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Monroe County. If this changes, Smith says the department will continue its use of the protocol.