Equipment

Jasper Volunteer Fire Department is taking steps toward purchasing air packs, reports Dubois County The Herald. The board opened bid proposals from Donley Safety of Indianapolis and Hoosier Fire Equipment of Greenfield and placed them under advisement as department leadership investigates and determines which one is the best fit. Both bids were just north of...
COVID-19

The Augusta Fire Department has begun using personal protective equipment when responding to medical emergency calls to protect patients and firefighters from exposure to the coronavirus, reports The Augusta Chronicle. When dispatch receives a call regarding a medical emergency, additional screening questions will be asked to the patient for possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. Emergency...
COVID-19

As part of new protocols to protect firefighters and residents from the deadly virus, will e wearing new protective gear, reports Burnaby Now. Firefighters, who usually respond to medical emergencies in their station uniforms, will now also be swathed in head-to-ankle coveralls. The department decided to take the step to protect firefighters and the public,...
Equipment

The Glastonbury Fire Department said it has made some protocol changes, specifically when responding to 911 calls, reports Eyewitness News 3. When someone dials 911, dispatchers and firefighters now ask a series of questions. Specifically, if the person seeking help has traveled outside of the country and has a cough, a head cold or a...
Equipment

Seven Salem firefighters were in quarantine because they might have been exposed to COVID-19, reports WMUR 9. Four of the firefighters have been cleared to return to work after tests came back negative. Three others are still self-isolating. The fire chief, who is also the town’s director of emergency management, said crews have been on...
Equipment

The South Bend Fire Department has suspended all hands-on training in order to avoid close contact with each other, reports 16 News Now. And dispatchers are screening 911 calls by asking a series of questions about a person’s symptoms. While the South Bend Fire is always vigilant about protective gear and cleaning the fire stations,...
Equipment

The Columbus Division of Fire has made changes to try to preserve the amount of supplies available to its first responders, reports The Columbus Dispatch. Emergency medical crews had responded to 133 patients in the past seven days who were showing signs or symptoms of possible coronavirus infections. There have been 1,344 such patients since...