PPE

The City of Rochester announced that firefighters would begin wearing protective masks in the fire stations as well as in public, reports Post Bulletin. Rochester firefighters have already been wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) while on medical calls for the past four weeks. In addition to the masks, firefighters wear eye protection, gloves and...
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An employee of the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) discovered N-95 masks in the maintenance supply room and donated them to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, reports DVIDS. Fire Chief Daniel Chiappetta picked up all 170 N-95 masks. Later, 70 more N-95 masks were located by the SEDC and were also transferred to the NAS...
Equipment

In recent weeks, all public safety entities in the Quad-Cities have introduced and expanded specific screening and response protocols for all emergency calls, reports The Daily Courier. It starts with 911 dispatchers asking a series of questions to determine each caller’s potential for having the virus. Prescott Fire Department (PFD) then decided to add an...
PPE

Area residents and a business have donated personal protective equipment to first responders at the Superstition Fire and Medical District, reports Daily Independent. Collectively they have donated several N95 face masks, eye protection and medical gloves. Anyone wishing to donate personal protective equipment  should contact Assistant Chief Ochs at [email protected] to make arrangements.
The Station News

Myrtle Beach firefighters are taking measures to limit any possible exposure to the coronavirus amid the pandemic, reports myhorrynews.com. Across the board, fire agencies are carrying out similar strategies. That includes having personal protective equipment, namely gowns, eyewear, respirator masks and gloves. The MBFD has canceled training sessions, public education events and limited interaction at...
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...
Features

The intent of an incident accountability system is to reliably track workers while in the danger zone and improve their safety. A sound accountability system also serves to increase operational effectiveness by allowing for the detailed management of the scene’s workforce.
News

Elkhart firefighters will receive 40 sets of new body armor due to a Firehouse Subs grant, reports ABC 57. The Elkhart Fire Department will receive around $25,000 from the grant, Fire Chief Steve Kamp said. Bulletproof vests will be utilized by every firefighter on any shift.