First responders encouraged to wear masks in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Montgomery County


FILE – Police officers at a crime scene. (NEXSTAR)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — First responders in one local county are encouraged to wear masks, it was announced Saturday, one day after two county employees tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement from Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Montgomery County, it was revealed that first responders in the three governments have been encouraged to wear masks to protect police, fire, EMS, and other first responders as well as the public. The change does stop first responders from answering calls.

“First responders never know the exact nature of the calls they’re answering, but they always answer the call regardless,” said Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson. “Not knowing what they’re walking into places them at a higher risk of potential exposure. By protecting them, we’re protecting the public and our healthcare system, and it helps keep us all safer.”

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