First responders ramp up for possible Ebola cases

Allina Health EMS first responders received training Tuesday on Ebola protocol. Here, Pete Cheolis, left, and Jake Shepard learned how to cocoon potential patients by wrapping them in a plastic sheet to contain any bodily fluids. (Star Tribune photo)

[Star Tribune, October 29, 2014] As national, state and local leaders debate quarantines and other measures to combat Ebola, Twin Cities first responders have ­quietly introduced new protocols and reinforced existing ones.

Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, which provides ambulance service to thousands of people in suburban and rural parts of the state, has repackaged protective gear and is following the latest guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Brian LaCroix, president of Allina Health EMS, said: “It’s taking the appropriate precautions, but precautions based on science, not hysteria.” Read the full story on

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