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Firefighters receive abuse following two Covid cases

The Island's Chief Fire Officer has condemned abuse towards firefighters.

It comes as two firefighters recently tested positive for Coronavirus - work has been underway by contact tracing to establish the origin of the infection.

The two staff and their families are currently self-isolating, and a further firefighter identified as a high risk contact also isolated with their family.

The Department of Home Affairs says it understands the two  who tested positive have complied with all relevant legislation and isolated immediately after being swabbed for their Covid test.

Additionally through the contact tracing process, three firefighters from a further two fire stations were instructed to self-isolate and are also being tested. 

However, Chief Fire Officer Kevin Groom said a number of his firefighters have recently been subject to personal comments and abuse. 

He's called this behaviour 'totally unacceptable', adding they risk their lives to protect the community each day and night, year round. 

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