ALBEMARLE, NC – Local agencies are stepping up efforts after several Albemarle firefighters contracted COVID-19.
“It’s just a united family, if someone is hurting or sick we take care of them and vice versa, they will take care of us,” said Jeff Craven, Southside Volunteer Manager.
Craven posted on Facebook asking the community to pray for the Albemarle Fire Department.
Nearly a dozen firefighters have contracted COVID-19 and two are hospitalized.
“We’re all very united, we work together, most of us work with them as well,” Craven said.
With more than a quarter of the city’s firefighters affected by COVID-19, Channel 9 asked the city of Albemarle and the fire chief if the emergency response would be affected.
The town’s attorney told us other local agencies are stepping in to help cover shifts and staff shortages, so response times “shouldn’t be affected.”
First responders were among the first to be offered the vaccine in North Carolina.
We asked if any of the firefighters were vaccinated against the virus, but the city has yet to provide details on the vaccinations.
In an email, the city manager said he appreciates the thoughts and prayers of the community during this difficult time.
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