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COVID-19 resources for fire and EMS

This page provides COVID-19 resources for fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments on:

Details about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are changing rapidly and it's easy to get information overload, but first responders need to be prepared to encounter cases. COVID-19 presents as a respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. It is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and spread via respiratory droplets with close contact, like the flu.

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EMS Focus: A Collaborative Federal Webinar Series

These free webinars provide the EMS community with a unique opportunity to learn about federal EMS efforts and programs. They address issues important to the EMS community, including COVID-19, and share the latest news and information about federal resources and programs.

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Planning and Response

Fire safety considerations for reopening schools

Recommendations for fire protection systems and unique school changes that might require special attention from a fire and life safety perspective.

Fire safety factors to consider

Infection Control

COVID-19 testing for first responders

A brief overview of COVID-19 testing to inform decision-making for fire and EMS.

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Planning and Response

Minimizing the effects of wildfire smoke during COVID-19

Inform your community about these actionable steps they can take to minimize the respiratory effects of wildfire smoke.

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National Fire Academy on-campus training suspension updates

Critical information for fire and EMS

What firefighters and EMS providers need to know about COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answers your questions about providing medical treatment, transport of ill patients, how you can protect yourself and others, and what steps employers of firefighter and EMS personnel should take for safe and effective COVID-19 response.

Learn what you need to know

Guidance for EMS and PSAP from the CDC

Updated July 15, 2020

The CDC has published interim guidance on COVID-19 for all first responders. This includes the fire service, emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement and emergency management officials. If you anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of your work, please read this guidance.

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Research guide

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COVID-19

This guide is designed to help researchers, students, practitioners and the general public find materials on the ongoing COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the National Emergency Training Center Library and on other recommended websites.

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Warn your community about the dangers of mixing cleaning products

People are very concerned right now about COVID-19. When cleaning surfaces, they may not think about the dangers of mixing household cleaners. Share these cards with your community on your social media channels to increase awareness about the dangers of household chemicals.