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Beverly Hills Fire Department Adjusts to COVID-19

BH Fire Department Chief Greg Barton (left) and Captain Brad McHenry at station Photo by Samuel Braslow

Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:59 pm

By Samuel Braslow

The first hint of real trouble for the Beverly Hills Fire Department came in February, when one of the firefighters shared that their child’s school had been canceled due to COVID-19. The next day, Battalion Chief Scott Stevens got the same news about his child’s school. “Then the next morning, it was my [child’s] school,” recalled Captain Brad McHenry.

As essential workers, firefighters didn’t have the option of returning home to help spouses cope with the extra workload. Instead, the members of the 95-year-old department had to reconfigure routines, implement new protocols, and adjust to a strange new world of firefighting in the era of COVID-19.

For full story see the print edition of The Beverly Hills Courier, or download the e-edition.

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