SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 10, 2020 – The Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters has had its emergency rescue teams that transported 1,393 suspected cases as of March 6, and seven out of them were confirmed to have the coronavirus.
From February 23 to the very next day, the numbers of both emergency calls and transports jumped 167.1% up from 164 (Feb. 23) to 438 (Feb. 24), and 55.1% up from 49 (Feb. 23) to 76 (Feb. 24), respectively.
(Period: Feb. 22 – Mar. 6)
(Source: Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters)
As of 7 a.m., March 9, 22 fire fighters who have transported suspected cases are monitored for infection and self-isolated. Currently, there is no confirmed case among fire fighters of Seoul.
To support the severely affected city of Daegu, the Headquarters sent eight rescue staff and four ambulances for the first round and another eight staff and four ambulances for the second round. As of March 9, they have transported 102 suspected cases.
The Headquarters decided to introduce 28 negative-pressure patient carriers, equipment required to transport patients with contagious diseases. At first it is planning to receive six carriers and distribute them to the dedicated rescue teams at fire stations from March 10.
Currently, 26 rescue teams dedicated for infectious diseases are in operation across Seoul. The teams don five-types of protective gears: protective clothing, face masks, goggles, gloves and shoe covers before being sent to a site.
Besides, it runs 43 infection control rooms to ensure safety of the team members where they can be thoroughly disinfected. The Headquarters also operates 12 isolation chambers: one in the Mok-dong 119 Safety Center, nine in campervans, one in a container and another one at the Seoul Fire Academy.