Emergency responders in Marshfield practiced Wednesday for the possibility of dealing with ebola patients. Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital transportation director Ted Ryan said proper procedures include encapsulating an ambulance, donning personal protective equipment and loading and delivering Ebola patients.
“We want to slow things down. We want to contain the situation, and make sure that things do not get more escalated,” Ryan said.
Marshfield Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Scott Owen said Ebola preparation is new to his department, but necessary in today’s day-and-age. “It probably won’t happen here, but we can’t take that chance, we have to be prepared just in case,” Owen said.
Owen said newly purchased equipment is based on CDC protocols. He’s putting together four ebola kits per ambulance, plus back-up kits at the station.