MOORHEAD — After contracting an unspecified number of positive COVID-19 cases, Moorhead's Fire Department set new policies for their firefighters to slow the spread in local stations.

Fire chief Rich Duysen said there will be fewer firefighters and staff at Station 1, 1120 First Ave. N, since some firefighters are self-isolating.

This sign is outside of Station 1 of Moorhead's Fire Department. The station contracted an unspecified number of COVID-19 cases. Tanner Robinson / WDAY
This sign is outside of Station 1 of Moorhead's Fire Department. The station contracted an unspecified number of COVID-19 cases. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

Only one person will be allowed in the station's kitchen at a time, and firefighters will stay in separate bedrooms. These guideliens were implemented after the pandemic caused the station to shut its doors.

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Duysen said firefighters wear protective equipment on every call but still need to be extra careful.

"I think we're doing an okay job, and I think that's true of a lot of us," he said. "In society, we want things to be back to normal, but it can't be right now."

If it comes down to it, Duysen said he won't be afraid to ask for help from other stations or emergency officials, like Fargo Fire and F-M Ambulance.

"It's just going to take us a little longer to get to some areas of town," he said. "But keep in mind, we do have mutual aid with the other departments."

Duysen said since the first confirmed coronavirus case, they've responded to about half their usual number of calls to just five per day.