Six Nations firefighters haul negative COVID-19 test result

SIX NATIONS – Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services are breathing a sigh of relief this week after a close call with 12 firefighters being potentially exposed to COVID-19.

On Tuesday night, SNGR announced the test for the fire platoon member came back negative.

Fire Chief Matthew Miller will remain in self-isolation as a precautionary measure while he waits for the results of his test.

“Our fire service is very much a family, and like many families are being asked, we needed to do the right thing in this situation and self-isolate out of an abundance of caution and care for our community,” says Fire Chief Miller. “I along with the members of our fire service family am extremely relieved to know that our family member will be ok and that the results have come back negative”.

Fire Chief Miller and 11 other fire fighters went into self-isolation on Sunday after learning of their platoon member’s potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Ohsweken Public Health contacted others in the community who had come into contact with the platoon member, urging them to begin self-isolating as well.

“I want to thank every member of the platoon for demonstrating courage and leadership through this ordeal,” says Six Nations Elected Chief Mark Hill. “If every member of our community rises to the call of duty in this way, I have no doubt we’ll come out of this with minimal impact on the health and well-being of Six Nations members.”

“I will hopefully be receiving the results of my test soon and be able to rejoin my home family and fire service family on the front line.” Fire Chief Miller.

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