The island’s Chief Fire Officer has labelled abuse suffered by his colleagues as ‘totally unacceptable’.
Two firefighters recently tested positive and work has been underway by the contact tracing team to establish the origin of the infection. The two staff and their families are currently self-isolating, and a further firefighter identified as a high risk contact also isolated with their family.
Kevin Groom said: ‘A number of my firefighters have recently been subject to personal comments and abuse. This behaviour is totally unacceptable. Our firefighters are professional people who risk their lives to protect our community each day and night, year round. I ask that they receive the respect which they all duly deserve.’
The Department of Home Affairs said it ‘understands that the two firefighters who tested positive have complied with all relevant legislation and isolated immediately after being swabbed for their Covid test’. Additionally through the contact tracing process, three firefighters from a further two fire stations were instructed to self-isolate and are also being tested. The Service is supporting its colleagues through this period and wishes them well.
All fire stations are currently operational to respond to emergency callouts, and crews across all stations will continue to wear additional personal protective uniforms for the foreseeable future as a precaution.
The public is asked to respect the privacy of those who are in isolation and not to speculate on the origin of this outbreak.