Fighting on the front line of the coronavirus battle, Narberth Ambulance paramedics have been putting their lives in danger to try and save patients with slim chances of survival, write Wendy Ruderman and Jessica Griffin for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Paramedic Tim Mumford recognized the first symptoms of the coronavirus five days after he opened the airwaves of a 56-year-old man fighting for his life and spraying the coronavirus all over the back of the ambulance. Knowing what was going to happen, he first asked his partner to leave the vehicle.
The seriousness of the situation has caused volunteer chief of Narberth Ambulance, Christopher Flanagan, to fear for his team’s safety for the first time in his nearly three-decades-long career.
“This makes me nauseous,” said Flanagan. “I’m scared for them. I can see the stress in their face.”
To help reduce the risk, Flanagan has instituted new protocols to limit staff exposure to the virus, including banning hanging out at the station house while not on duty.
“I want to protect them,” he said. “I want to do something about it, and it’s just not that easy.”
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