WASHINGTON — Hundreds of firefighters from across the United States and Canada were briefed Tuesday morning on coronavirus by industry experts and health officials with expertise in infectious disease, the International Association of Fire Fighters said.

Officials discussed protocols for firefighters to protect their communities and themselves from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Firefighters, who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19, are trained to respond to all emergencies, including infectious disease outbreaks. So far, more than 37 firefighters -- all in Washington state -- have been quarantined from exposure to the virus.

The briefing is part of the IAFF's broader effort to keep its 320,000 members fully informed on COVID-19, signs and symptoms, preparations and protections, as well as official announcements.

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