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Brookline closes fire station after firefighter shows a temperature spike

The Brookline Fire Department announced tonight it's temporarily shut Station 5, on Babcock Street, after a required shift-change temperature check this morning showed one firefighter was running a slight temperature - which then increased over the course of the day.

In a statement, Fire Chief John Sullivan said:

As a precaution, the department required the other seven members of the department who worked on shift with the symptomatic individual to self quarantine pending the results of testing for COVID-19 on the symptomatic member. Additionally, four other members who had second-hand contact with that member have also been asked to self quarantine pending the member's test results.

Station 5 was closed following the shift change and will be re-opened later tomorrow after the station, equipment and apparatus are thoroughly disinfected. Two reserve companies were activated at 8 p.m. Monday and are being housed at other stations in town, ensuring the department is appropriately staffed.

Brookline firefighters now have to have their temperature taken at the beginning, middle and end of each shift.

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