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Shreveport mayor, fire chief unveil new SFD uniforms promoting COVID-19 safety

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Shreveport Fire Department unveiled a new duty uniform t-shirt Friday to promote COVID-19 safety measures.

The Shreveport Fire Department unveiled a new duty uniform t-shirt Friday to promote COVID-19 safety measures. (Source: KTAL/KMSS Staff)

Mayor Adrian Perkins joined Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton and Willis Knighton Health System Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Brian Crawford to unveil the new t-shirt, which is printed with messages on the back reminding people to mask up when in public, wash up at least 20 seconds, and keep up with current CDC guidelines. It also reminds people to “keep back 6 feet.”

The t-shirts, which are approved SFD uniform attire, were funded by Willis Knighton.

“It’s an idea that came from our Human Relations Committee,” Chief Wolverton said. “The back of the shirt conveys a great community safety, life safety, education message about COVID and those mitigation efforts that we can do to help reduce the spreading of the virus. And this message is just like any other life safety message that the fire department values like smoke alarms save lives, have an escape plan for your home, keep combustibles away from ignition sources, injury prevention and all of those things.”

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