A man in plain clothes sans hazmat suit and any protection whatsoever helped suited up workers transport Ebola victim Amber Vinson from Dallas Love Field.
The video has people asking why the man was unprotected while the workers wore respirators.
“His role is to oversee the process of transport including on the tarmac,” Randy Davis, vice president at Phoenix Air, told NBC News. “Part of our protocol is to have one person NOT in a bio-Hazard suit. ”
Davis said the man, who he did not name, is the team’s medical safety coordinator. Standard protocol is for him to wear street clothes, Davis said, because the suits can block field of vision and hearing. Davis said the man has been trained on keeping safe distance from patients and is ready to “suit up” if needed.
The man went so far as to handle a red hazmat bag. “He took what appeared to be a not-yet-used red bag from the worker in protective gear, then handed it to the workers as they bagged up items from the ambulance ride.”