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Chico Firefighters recovering from COVID-19 outbreak, getting vaccinated

The Chico Fire Department was hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. But now they are back to full strength and getting vaccinated.

Posted: Dec 30, 2020 6:23 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico Fire Battalion Chief Wes Metroka was one of the firefighters who did decide to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"It was fine, said Metroka. "Over at Enloe Hospital they are the ones that are handling the vaccinations for firefighters and EMS and it was simple."

He got vaccinated on Christmas Eve. He said he did have a mild reaction.

"I only had pain where the shot was given in the shoulder like that night and the next day it was just tender kind of like the flu shot," said Metroka. "Then I had a little bit of symptoms on Christmas night. Like after dinner I felt like I was coming on with something and they said that was normal and then the next morning I felt fine."

Early November, seven firefighters tested positive for COVID-19 making it hard for stations to have enough staffing.

"It was definitely a challenge," said Metroka. However, Metroka said they are once again fully staffed.

"Every day we have 16 firefighters and one battalion chief that are staffed," said Metroka.

He also said the station put new protocols in place after the outbreak. One of those protocols is if someone is waiting on a test result they will quarantine at work so they always have enough staff.

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Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
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