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The State Fire Marshal is urging first...

The State Fire Marshal is urging first responders to get vaccinated

By: Sarah Ulmer - August 12, 2021

With the new wave of COVID-19 the State Fire Marshal is urging all first responders to get vaccinated.

State Fire Marshal and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is encouraging anyone who works as a First Responders to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel.

State Fire Marshall and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney

“First Responders are on the front line daily, protecting the public and need to be protected from the COVID-19 virus and not become super spreaders,” said Chaney. “There are more than 16,000 first responders in the state including firefighters and EMS. It is my sincere hope that all first responders answer this call to get vaccinated which in turn will help all of us fulfill our mission to protect lives and property in the state.”

Chaney reported that the Mississippi State Fire Academy (MSFA) is currently seeing an outbreak among those who are in training. He indicated that the majority of their students who are testing positive for the virus are not vaccinated. Due to that fact, many classes are being cancelled.

“This variant is a serious threat to those who are unvaccinated and getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective way to prevent illness,” said Chaney.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: