How brave do you think the average technician is? Brave enough to continue working in NY/NJ hospitals daily since this all began about 7 months ago. Brave enough to maintain proper PPE safety procedures while doing their job in the hospital kitchens, labs, pharmacies and morgues. Brave enough to park their service van right alongside the temporary COVID morgue trailers at the loading dock. That is a special kind of brave! A hero with a tool bag.
I think you’ll find that most of us have had to deal with dangerous conditions at some point in our careers.But what you are describing is not beyond the norm. If you ever worked at Sea in a typhon, or in a steam tunnel at 150F, or under fire in a war zone, or on a pipeline 50 ft down, you would understand where I’m coming from. Only if you had no assess to PPE’s. Or didn’t bother to check the CDC site for how to deal with it. HVAC and food service has to go on no matter what. We try to limit high risk personnel from exposure as much as possible,
Right now the HVAC industry is going crazy trying to update air filtration to MERV 13 or better. Hell, I was doing that for customers 10 years ago. It’s only if you ignored the white papers and trade journals that you didn’t know. I remember reading about this scenario 15 years ago. But the vast majority of trades people scoffed it off. Hence it was never implemented.
Oh, and don’t forget the most dangerous jobs in the world, farmers and flight deck personnel on a carrier. What they deal with is truly amazing.
I’ll second this. Too many of us (the dining-out public) have no idea what goes into keeping a kitchen, bar or other establishment running as it does. The late-night repairs, or early morning horror of broken refrigeration.
No, we simply walk in, place our orders and walk out with something good, prepared by someone who is going through the same challenges of making their paycheck, while trying to stay safe.
Everyone is a hero in their own way, some more than others perhaps. But the technicians who go out and work in less than ideal conditions, and fix things in hot, smelly kitchens that (let’s face it) are pretty nasty places to be even without a pandemic are definitely heroes in my book.