Langley Township firefighters were called to the scene of a residential blaze on 200 Street near 20 Avenue around 6 a.m. Sunday morning April 26, 2020 (Langley Advance Times file)

Langley Township firefighters were called to the scene of a residential blaze on 200 Street near 20 Avenue around 6 a.m. Sunday morning April 26, 2020 (Langley Advance Times file)

More Langley Township firefighters test positive for COVID-19

Ten have now tested positive, 24 are in self-isolation

More Langley Township firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of possible exposures had also risen.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10 Langley Township firefighters had tested positive for COVID-19 and 24 who may have been exposed to the virus are in “self-isolation,” the Township reported.

That is an increase of six from Sunday, Nov. 15, when the Township issued a written statement that, during the week of Nov. 9, “eight personnel have been confirmed with COVID-19, and currently 20 others have been advised to either self-isolate or they are awaiting test results.”

The department currently consists of 81 full-time suppression firefighters at seven fire halls, plus 100 paid-call firefighters as well as 16 prevention, training, management and support staff.

“Information available at this time indicates that these may not be all workplace-related transmissions,” the Township added.

READ ALSO: Eight Langley Township firefighters test positive for COVID-19

While the infections will affect staffing levels, they are not expected to affect response times or the effectiveness of the fire department, Township fire chief Stephen Gamble said.

“I want to assure community members that while public health and the Township work to care for our afflicted personnel, the Township Fire Department can and will continue to provide services,” said Gamble.

Preventative procedures at fire halls have been tightened “to align with the guidance established in the region-specific public health order that was announced on Nov. 7th” the statement said.

No more details were provided “to protect the privacy of those involved,” with the Township explaining it was an employee health-related matter.

READ ALSO: Six Langley Township firefighters in self-isolation after COVID-19 exposure

In March, eight Township firefighters were exposed to COVID-19, after responding to a medical call in Murrayville to help a man who later tested positive for COVID-19.

They were immediately directed to self-isolate upon hearing the man’s diagnosis.

Two were immediately cleared to return to work, while the other came back after self-isolating.

None were tested.



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