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Police Discuss Preparing for Ebola Situation


Dover, Del. (WBOC) - Over the past couple weeks WBOC has talked about the Ebola preparations being made by everything from hospitals to ambulance companies to fire departments.

For police officers, dealing with Ebola means preparing to protect themselves and preparing to protect the public. For example, police from Texas to Ohio have had to enforce quarantines.

"We have policies and procedures that have been in place for years on how to handle biological and HAZMAT quarantine situations that we'd utilize in the event of an Ebola situation in the city of Dover," said Cpl. Mark Hoffman, spokesman for Dover PD.

Hoffman says the policies aren't just for Ebola. He declined to comment on the plan's specifics.

Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, a spokesman for Delaware State Police, also wouldn't go into specifics but says DSP has procedures in place, too.

"We would utilize our current infectious disease directives and work with the Division of Public Health if there was a need for a quarantine," he said.

The departments are working to keep officers up-to-date on the virus and protecting themselves.

"We continue to let them know to use those precautions - use gloves, wash your hands. If you need to perform any sort of first aid, remember what is going on with that person, that they could have the potential for an infectious disease," Fournier said.

"All our officers are issued protective gear, including masks and body protection or body coverage in the event of a biohazard situation," said Hoffman.

Hoffman adds Chief Paul Bernat has met with city and hospital officials to make sure the lines of communication are open if Dover does have an Ebola incident.

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