HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston firefighters are dealing with more emergency calls than they were in 2020, and it might be tied to a rise in COVID-19 infections.
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The pandemic has shown the Houston Fire Department a change in vehicles is needed. Fire Chief Samuel Pena said instead of trucks, they need ambulances.
“That’s really what we need,” Pena said. “The number of fires has plateaued over the years, but the number of medical calls has increased year over year.”
There are a couple of types of calls on the rise.