COVID-19 IAP and response plans to review or emulate

Posted on Fri, 03 Apr 2020 02:17:48 +0000
Fire service leaders share their pandemic-focused response plans to help fire departments that need guidance during this demanding time

‘Struggling to survive’? Debating opinion vs. reality in fire protection services

Posted on Fri, 03 Apr 2020 02:03:23 +0000
Comparing urban vs. rural department realities while highlighting a simple service that stops fire in its tracks

COVID-19: How public safety companies are assisting the frontline pandemic response

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:26:38 +0000
The businesses that equip and serve first responders are supporting the national emergency response with new products, free services and donations

FFs react: Should first responders receive hazard pay during a pandemic?

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 18:34:24 +0000
The idea of hazard pay for COVID-19 first responders was floated last week by White House administration officials, and the firefighter community had an opinion

Fla. firefighter injured in brush truck rollover

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:44:34 +0000
The firefighter was freed by rescue crews Thursday morning after the truck came to a rest on its roof

Retired FDNY battalion chief who lost son on 9/11 dies from COVID-19

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:45:27 +0000
Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Albert "Al" Petrocelli, 73, died early Wednesday

Seattle books entire hotel for first responder quarantine and isolation

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:48:13 +0000
The city will spend at least $2.8 million to book the entire 155-room hotel for three months

Minn. bill would allow presumption of work-related COVID-19

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:40:46 +0000
First responders in the state are urging lawmakers to pass the bill in order to ease the path to workers' compensation

FDNY EMS ordered not to transport cardiac arrest patients that can’t be resuscitated in field

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:14:08 +0000
EMS providers will be required to comply with the binding order, as hospital and ambulance resources are overstretched due to COVID-19

‘I washed the death off my hands’ after the worst call of my life

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 03:40:52 +0000
Join me in the abyss where I remember trying to save an 11-year-old boy – with his killer standing near

Firefighter safety reminder: Car fires are Class B fires

Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 03:12:38 +0000
Responding to vehicle fires requires full PPE and a cautious approach to the fire fight

Are pandemics disasters? For first responders, yes.

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 23:14:10 +0000
COVID-19 prompts questions about how to define disasters, issue public notices

COVID-19: Firefighter deaths

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 23:08:25 +0000
Tracking the coronavirus-related deaths of U.S. firefighters

Nobody’s here: How to stem the impending public safety staffing crisis

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:46:56 +0000
Two options include work-from-home dispatchers and using data to drive staffing decisions

Union head: FDNY to enact ‘doomsday scenario’ to help EMS

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:45:55 +0000
Hundreds of medically trained firefighters will be called to assist EMS with COVID-19 calls

What is the Defense Production Act, and could it help slow the PPE shortage?

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:19:35 +0000
A Korean War-era law has been touted by several health officials, political leaders and historians as a way of getting needed supplies into the hands of medical workers

COVID-19 confirmed cases in public safety, local government

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +0000
Tracking the COVID-19 diagnoses in EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, dispatchers and local government officials

San Francisco FFs stop alleged firehouse burglar

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:00:18 +0000
The firefighters were asleep around 3:15 a.m. when the man reportedly entered the station

3M details how to clean, disinfect respirators following COVID-19 exposure

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:24:20 +0000
A technical bulletin from 3M Scott details how to clean and disinfect respirators following possible virus exposure

Mass. lawmakers seek hazard duty pay for quarantined, infected first responders

Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:26:03 +0000
A bipartisan proposal would prevent affected first responders in the state from needing to using their sick, personal or vacation days while they are unable to work