Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services is actively monitoring the reports of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have contingency plans in place to safeguard their service, their staff and members of the Chatham-Kent community.
“Working in partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, CK Public Health Unit and our Paramedic Service, we continue to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19,” Chatham-Kent’s Fire Chief Chris Case said in a media release.
Case said based on information provided by Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services are taking all precautions necessary to limit non-essential activities, as
“These actions will work to reduce the impact on our emergency response capabilities,” Case said.
“While there have been no disruptions to our emergency response, as a department we have decided to temporarily modify some of our non-emergency services, effective Wednesday March 18, 2020.”
Case said the following measures are aimed at protecting both their staff and members of the general public:
– Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services will not be accepting visitors to their fire halls or administration offices at this time. Only on-duty staff will be working from their locations.
– Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services have implemented screening, cleaning and social distancing protocols wherever possible.
– Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services will not be accepting in-person open-air burn applications, or recreational campfire applications. Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services ask that anyone seeking an open-air burn or recreational campfire permit to access the application forms on-line at chatham-kent.ca. For payments, contact the municipal service centres at 519-360-1998, and a customer service representative will assist you.
– All of Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services non-essential fire prevention in-person fire inspections, booking of fire extinguisher training, station tours and community fire safety programming will be temporarily unavailable until further notice. Fire Inspectors and staff remain on duty and available to answer questions, emails and phone calls during this time.
– Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services urge all home-owners to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the batteries and replace when necessary. The best way to stay safe from fire and carbon monoxide is to have working alarms in your home.
– If anyone has any questions relating to fire safety, they can call 519-360-1998 or e-mail email@example.com.
– Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services urge members of the community to monitor the latest information from the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit and to take action as advised.
“I want to thank the communities of Chatham-Kent for their patience and understanding during this difficult time,” Case said.
“I would also like to thank our teams for their resolute response to these challenges. Be assured that we continue to provide the very best fire and rescue service to you and be further assured that our priority is the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community and our staff.”
The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit has announced the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Chatham-Kent. Details, here.
Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby has implemented increased measures to combat COVID-19. Details, here.
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.
For a list of local cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.