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Butte ambulance responding to more calls from people reporting symptoms of coronavirus

Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 17:15:18-04

BUTTE - Ambulance crews are on the front line of the coronavirus fight as they are seeing more calls from people reporting symptoms of COVID-19 in recent weeks.

“So, yeah, we are seeing an increase, and that’s fine, they get help, they get treated and most of the time they’re fine,” said Mike McGree, owner of A-1 Ambulance in Butte.

First responders in Butte are taking more precautions with added protection by wearing masks, protective eyewear and gloves to avoid exposure.

“It’s a huge deal. When you look at New York City, 400 first responders have got it, so you just, everyday we’re ahead of it, we read everything there is to do, we go back over it with meetings, make sure everybody’s safe and make sure our people are safe,” said McGree.

And the crews at A-1 Ambulance have all the protective gear they need to help them do their job, because when they’re called out they’re going to do it without question.

“What you are in the first responder business, in police fire and ambulance, is you can never say, ‘I can’t do that.’ You can never say that,” said McGree.

No first responders with A-1 Ambulance have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.