What are we doing to prevent the spread
– Our 100% volunteer crews have coordinated to maintain 24/7 service for our engines and ambulances.
– Members receive personnel health checks (which includes a temperature check) twice per shift
– We perform a decontamination of the firehouse multiple times each day, including all surfaces and apparatus
– After each call, we heavily decontaminate our apparatus, personnel, and gear. Additionally, we have constructed a decontamination zone within the firehouse for crew members.
– We have restricted all visitors from the firehouse. Only operational on-duty members may enter the building. We have limited the number of on-duty operational members in the firehouse to 10 maximum.
– We have temporarily suspended new member recruitment programs. If you are interested in joining in the future, please complete our interest form and we will get back to you once the state of emergency is over.
– Our crews are practicing social distancing in all interactions.
– We remain compliant with a number of County and State protocols designed to protect patients and personnel.
What to expect when you call 911
– You will see our crews wearing face masks on ALL calls, regardless of whether we were dispatched for a COVID-related emergency
– In many cases, the FIRE/EMS crew will begin triage of patients by asking questions from >6 ft distance. It is important that patients and family are honest with providers in answering questions about fevers / coughs / shortness of breath etc, as this information is imperative to ensuring we treat the patient appropriately while also protecting ourselves and the community by wearing appropriate equipment
– Depending on patient symptoms, crew may wear additional protective equipment such as what is seen in the PGFD video on this page.
– ALL patients will be given a face mask to wear during the patient interaction
– EMS crews may not allow patient’s family members to ride along. If they do, it will only be under very limited circumstances.
– Stable, low risk patients may be encouraged to self care at home. Always call 911 if you believe there is an emergency.
How you can stay protected
– Follow the State’s ‘Gatherings and Stay-At-Home’ order. Avoid gatherings and stay home unless performing an essential activity. Gatherings greater than 10 people are currently prohibited.
– Follow the State’s ‘Masks and Physical Distancing’ order. Wear face coverings on public transportation and in retail and food service establishments. If you don’t have a face covering, there are resources available to help you obtain a face covering or learn how to make one.
– Whether at home or performing an essential activity, please practice social distancing.