COVID-19 resources for fire and EMS

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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.

Featured resource

Webinar: Planning for PPE Preservation

Oct. 29, 2020 at 2 p.m.

This free webinar provides an overview of how to use the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Preservation Planning Toolkit to plan and implement preservation strategies. Using your own data, you will learn about PPE preservation strategies to fit your specific needs and how to increase the duration of a specified PPE supply.

Webinar sponsors: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Webinar begins at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29
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Latest updates

Planning and Response

Accommodating outdoor and pop-up dining during COVID-19

Fire and life safety considerations for authorities having jurisdiction and building owners on outdoor and pop-up dining establishments.

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.

Learn more about testing

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.

Read about wildfire smoke

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.

Review the guidance

Highlighted resources

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

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.