Firefighters Say Bed Bugs Now Appearing Inside Medic Vehicles
Thursday, February 23, 2012
COLUMBUS, OH - Columbus firefighters said that bed bugs are
creeping into medic vehicles, 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported on
Union officials representing Columbus firefighters said that they
were growing more concerned about the potential for a full-blown
"We could potentially be passing bed bugs on from one patient to
the next," International Association of Firefighters Local 67 union
president Jack Reall said.
Reall said that firefighters also were concerned about transferring
the bugs to their homes.
"If that truck's infested, there's a potential for us to walk out
of the truck, into somebody's house, into a fire station, into a
business, and carry bed bugs with us," Reall said.
The Division of Fire's current EMS bed bug protocol does not go far
enough, Reall said.
Columbus Division of Fire Chief Kevin Reardon said that the
department was in the process of developing a more comprehensive
bed bug strategy to protect the city's 1,600 firefighters and 34
Columbus fire currently has a plan in place to dry firefighters'
uniforms in high heat if they believe they have been exposed to bed
bugs, Kocot reported.
"We've got to take some time to do it right the first time and come
up with a policy that's doable, and it's not going to happen
overnight," Reardon said.
Reall said that time is of the essence when it comes to developing
a working plan.
"Tell you the truth, I'm completely surprised we have not infested
a fire station yet," Reall said.