Equipment

A metro-Atlanta fire department is using a special disinfectant to help protect its firefighters against COVID-19, reports CBS 46. The department has used HOCL, a mixture of salt, water, vinegar and electro-chemical activation, during and after medical calls that involve person-to-person contact with the community. The department started using the solution in April.
PPE

The India Association of Minnesota has donated hundreds of cloth masks, 50 face shields, and more than 1,000 disposable masks to many cities across the state, reports hometownsource.com. The association created a COVID-19 task force and doing many activities, including food donations, supply of personal protection equipment, and conducting webinars on various topics, to name...
The Station News

Thousands of first responders across the country have been exposed to the coronavirus, reports WCSC Live 5. Six firefighters with Midway Fire Rescue were quarantined for 14 days after they were exposed to a patient who ultimately tested positive for COVID-19. North Charleston’s fire stations have been closed to visitors, citizens requesting smoke alarm installations...
PPE

A fire inside a semi-trailer traveling along a Tennessee highway burned through surgical gowns and N95 masks, reports New York Daily News. The truck went up in flames around 5 a.m. on Saturday after the rear wheel sparked. Officials said it took firefighters from four different departments as well as deputies from the sheriff’s office...
Apparatus

Fire and police departments are using ultraviolet lights to help sanitize vehicles and to reuse personal protective equipment, reports mlive.com. The city introduced UV lights to clean cars, trucks and PPE late last week. The CDC believes that the lights help kill germs that live on surfaces. Mount Pleasant hopes adding the UV lights to...
PPE

Paramedics with the San Angelo Fire Department have changed the way they work to keep themselves and patients as safe as possible, reports Go San Angelo. According to SAFD Assistant Chief of Operations Johnny Fisher, the department has been developing protocols for dealing with the coronavirus for nearly a month. The new protective measures involve...
The Fire Station

Crew members from Express 911 Board Up spent several hours Wednesday using different methods to sterilize the White River Township Department headquarters, reports Fox 59. Ozone gas is used to disinfect fire and ambulance equipment inside an enclosed trailer parked outside. The sterilizing gear and equipment is a vital step every time firefighters return from...
News

Volunteers are taking extra steps to prevent exposure to COVID-19, but fear cases could diminish limited resources, reports WHAS 11 ABC. According to the US Fire Administration, 76.1% of Kentucky and 74.2% of Indiana fire departments are “volunteer” departments, while about 14% of departments in both states are also considered “mostly volunteer.” Now, places like...