NEW YORK (AP) — The Fire Department of New York is taking steps to prevent infection after more than a dozen probationary firefighters were diagnosed with the drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says a specialized cleaning company will disinfect showers and other high-risk areas at the fire academy at Randall's Island over the Labor Day weekend.
Additionally, Nigro says the trainees' gear will be laundered with a product that kills MRSA.
The department is also revising training procedures.
Because most of the infections developed from open knee wounds, trainees will now wear knee pads for activities that involve crawling on all fours.
The department will cover asphalt surfaces where the crawling exercises take place with rubber mats.
Probationary firefighters with open wounds will sit out physical training classes.