Firefighters Receive MRSA Update from National Safety Expert

All CFD personnel received updated information in MRSA this week by a national expert, Deputy Chief of the Operations/Safety Division Ed Nied, Tucson Fire Department.

Along with an overview of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans, important discussions on caring for patients and protection of public servants occurred.

According to Deputy Chief Eric Mitchell, CFD Training Officer, while most MRSA infections are treatable all need to be taken seriously. Many public health experts are alarmed by the spread of tough strains of MRSA. Because it is hard to treat, MRSA is sometimes called a “superbug.”