Troy Temporarily Closes One Fire Station Due to COVID-Positive Firefighters

Troy Temporarily Closes One Fire Station Due to COVID-Positive Firefighters

(City of Troy, Nov. 9, 2020)

Troy, MI -One of Troy’s six fire stations has been closed temporarily due to several firefighters testing positive for COVID-19. The closure should not impact service to the community, as the five remaining fire stations will handle calls for service with no expected delays in response time expected.

“A few of our volunteer members at one of our six stations have recently tested positive for COVID-19. As a precaution, we have decided to temporarily close that particular station for the next 14 days,” Fire Chief Dave Roberts said.  “Fortunately, as of now, and to our knowledge, none of the other members from our other five stations have been affected. Plans are in place to provide coverage from our other stations during this time.”

The Troy Fire Department is a primarily volunteer fire department with more than 150 firefighters available to respond to calls. All members of the affected station, approximately 30 firefighters, are currently under quarantine out of caution.

While it is unknown how each firefighter contracted the virus, these members have been in contact with each other on fire runs and other official business of the Fire Department.

“I commend Chief Roberts and the Troy Fire Department for taking these bold and decisive steps to keep both our Troy residents and Troy firefighters safe. I am greatly comforted to know how well this is being handled at all levels,” Mayor Ethan Baker said.

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