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COVID-19 Resources for Fire and EMS

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Protect yourself, your patients, your family and your co-workers: get a COVID‑19 vaccine.

Visit CDC.gov to learn about COVID‑19 vaccines for healthcare workers.

Latest updates

COVID-19 vaccination and testing mandates for EMS agencies

New vaccine and testing mandates for EMS workers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are now in effect.

Find out about the mandates

Evaluating COVID‑19's long-term impacts on first responders

Learn about the STOP‑COVID Center's partnership with the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire to study the impact of COVID‑19 on EMS workers and their families.

Read the study summary

Emergency use respirator authorizations no longer in effect

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration no longer authorizes use of non-NIOSH-approved or decontaminated disposable respirators in health care settings.

Learn about NIOSH-approved respirators

Waiver authorizes EMS reimbursement for TIP without transport

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a waiver on Medicare treatment-in-place (TIP) for ground ambulance services. The waiver provides reimbursement to ambulance services for 911 responses made to patients who were not transported to local emergency departments due to COVID‑19 protocols.

Learn about the CMS waiver

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Critical information for fire and EMS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The 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.

EMS.gov

Resources from federal agencies and the Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group covering a variety of topics, including vaccine administration, infection control, patient care, personnel health and safety, and mental health.

NEW

EMS Template Protocol for COVID‑19 Monoclonal Antibody Administration PDF

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Learn how your fire and EMS agency can obtain financial support for COVID‑19 response through FEMA's Public Assistance Grants Program and other federal programs. Also included are pandemic planning best practices and information on support for healthcare workers and local governments.

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Fire and life safety

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Understanding the Impact of Social Distancing on Occupancy

Considerations for authorities having jurisdiction and building managers when social distancing during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

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Accommodating Outdoor and Pop-Up Dining During COVID‑19

As the pandemic continues across the U.S., one industry used to stabilize local economies — food and beverage — could face new fire and life safety challenges.

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Ingress and Egress Concerns During the COVID‑19 Pandemic

New or temporary social distancing approaches to controlling building occupant flow have resulted in the potential for public safety to be compromised, like blocked or locked emergency exits to limit or prohibit access to portions of a building.

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Fire Safety Considerations for Reopening Schools During COVID‑19

As many communities deliberate whether to open schools amid the ongoing COVID‑19 pandemic, it's important to ensure that students and staff remain protected during a fire or an emergency.

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Reopening Pools with Social Distancing

Considerations for authorities having jurisdiction and property managers when preparing to reopen pools with social distancing.

Maintaining operational capabilities during a pandemic

During a severe pandemic, workloads increase and staff sizes diminish as employees and their families become ill or are quarantined. This guide provides contingency planning information that can help fire and EMS departments reduce the worst impacts.

Download the guide

Quick reference sheets: operational capability action steps

Potential action steps that can be used when preparing for a pandemic.

Research guide: 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.

Start your COVID‑19 research

NFIRS special study: COVID‑19

The U.S. Fire Administration is using the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) to conduct a national-level special study on fire department responses to COVID‑19. The goal of the study is to help fire departments consistently document fire department calls to suspected or confirmed incidents involving COVID‑19.

How to participate in the study

The COVID-19 Special Study collected 12,220,228 incidents from Jan. 1, 2020 to Nov. 10, 2021.

Visit the special study dashboard