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Miami Beach Fire forms first COVID-19 unit to protect responders with hazmat suits


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Miami Beach Fire and Rescue has formed the first COVID-19 response unit in South Florida, assembling a team of firefighters and paramedics dedicated solely to 911 calls involving suspected coronavirus patients.

In order to protect their own safety, first responders deploy in a complete bodysuit, complete with a mask and gloves, and boot covers. Every zipper on the suit, as well as the person’s wrists and ankles, are taped tightly to prevent any skin from being exposed to the outside.

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