Emergency responders say they're ready for Ebola
BATON ROUGE - After a man caused an entire police station to evacuate on Friday, emergency responders say they are ready to handle Ebola if it came to Baton Rouge.
A protective face mask, gloves and gowns are just a few ways emergency responders prepare for any situation that they walk into. With the recent increase in viruses in other parts of the world, emergency workers said those protocols are constantly changing to keep up.
"What I am saying today, might be different tomorrow," said Acadian Ambulance Manager Justin Cox. "We're doing everything possible to learn what we need to do and handle the situation appropriately."
Emergency responders took Friday's complaint seriously when a man went into the BRPD station on Highland and claimed he was sick after having recently traveled to Africa. Officials said the man had Alzhiemer's and was confused, not sick, and had never traveled to Africa.
Cox says even though it was a false alarm he believes the right protocol was followed.
"We have to treat all complaints as if it's real," said Cox. "We first have to make sure that number one we're educating people to understand what it's about and to educate our first responders."
Cox says even with rapidly-changing protocols Baton Rouge is prepared for any possible situation that may arise.
"You can not take a chance," said Cox. "They got there they took care of the problem, and if anything it was a good drill."
The man from Friday's incident received care at Our Lady of the Lake hospital and is back with his family, according to a hospital spokesperson.