YREKA, Calif. – Fighting fires during a global pandemic presents unique problems, specifically for fire camps where there are typically thousands of people in a relatively small space.
To help combat the spread of COVID-19 during the Badger Fire near Yreka, CalFire is using a Mass Fever Screening System (MFSS) from Fire Dawg Green Incorporated.
Firefighters coming into camp will walk through a trailer that is full of sensors to detect body temperature.
“It’s similar to what some of the airports are using. People area able to walk through the trailer, touchless system and be able to read their temperature,” said Battalion Chief with CalFire, Dusty Martin.
Right now, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is using the same system. The system was built in Singapore and then shipped to Northern California, from there, Fire Dawg Green Inc. in Siskiyou County created the trailer to make the technology mobile.
Sensors in the trailer detect if anyone walking through has a body temperature above 100.4.
“It’s an initial screening for any symptoms of COVID-19,” said Martin.
If a temperature above 100.4 is detected, the system will issue an alert and a secondary temperature check will be issued. If the temperature is confirmed, the individual will be taken through a COVID-19 questionnaire and assessed by medical professionals.
CalFire says they have a good relationship with local public health and will be working along side them throughout the screening and reporting process.
Fire Dawg Green Inc. says they plan to make MFSS available at all area fire camps.