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Posted on: March 24, 2020

VIDEO: Chief Eric Hicks provides community update

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Brownwood Fire Chief Eric Hicks provides a quick update regarding COVID-19 and the precautions taken by the Brownwood Fire Department.

For local information regarding COVID-19 in Brown County please visit www.brownwoodtexas.gov/health. See captioned video text below. 

"Hello, I’m Eric Hicks, Fire Chief for the City of Brownwood. I would like to speak to you today about the City’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and some changes we’ve made at the Brownwood Fire Department. Changes that will allow us to continue providing fire and emergency medical services to the community while also safeguarding our employees’ health.

Throughout our response to this pandemic, the City’s goal is to continue delivering critical city services.

I know residents rely on the City for their water, sewer, sanitation needs, and their safety, among many other things.

That’s not going to change. We have just modified our delivery methods slightly.

For example, we may respond to your emergency wearing personal protective equipment like N95 masks, gowns, protective eyewear and gloves. Don’t be alarmed by this. It’s just a precaution for our employees’ to make sure they are safe so they can continue serving the community during this pandemic.

There are also things we ask you to do to help us during this time.

First, please only call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, or you think you might have contracted COVID-19, your first step should be to contact your doctor.

If you do call 9-1-1 for an emergency, please tell our dispatchers if you, or someone with you, have flu-like symptoms. This will alert our personnel to be more prepared and protected when responding to your location.

Finally, keep following the guidelines that have been issued by healthcare professionals to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Maintain social distancing which means keeping 6 feet between you and others.
  • Avoiding crowds or groups of people.
  • Staying home as often as possible, especially if you are sick.
  • Washing your hands often and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces regularly.

Rest assured that even considering this situation that we are dealing with; your police, fire and emergency medical services will continue to be seamless

By following these guidelines, looking out for each other and working together. I’m confident that we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Brownwood.

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