With COVID-19 cases spiking across Michigan (and the U.S.), the fire and police department in Troy have been forced to be more mindful of where to expend their limited resources in addition to implementing new protocols to ensure the safety of its firefighters and police officers. “Just with the way our system operates, we are usually only having one person in the (firetruck) at a time, ”said Lt. Dan Mahrle of the Troy Fire Department. “Other firefighters will actually take their personal vehicles to the scene, so that helps us out a little bit.”
Mahrle said that since the Troy Fire Department contracts out local emergency service calls (car accidents, medical distress, etc.) to Alliance Mobile Health when medical emergencies occur in Troy, firefighters have been fortunate since they aren’t directly dealing with COVID-19 positive members of the community. A new training program for firefighters
The Troy Fire Department, which consists of 180 volunteer firefighters and 11 tenured paid staff members across six stations, is the largest volunteer firefighter unit in the state of Michigan. As such, during the pandemic, those 11 paid staff members, including Lt. Mahrle, were forced to put their heads together and come up with a new training program to allow for new volunteer firefighters to understand the risks of the virus.