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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.

From the Desk of the U.S. Fire Administrator

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) activities with COVID-19

May 26 Updates and outreach to stakeholders.

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Planning and Response

NFIRS COVID-19 Special Study dashboard

This page presents a snapshot of statistics reported by U.S. fire departments participating in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) COVID-19 Special Study.

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Planning and Response

Social distancing: building ingress and egress concerns

Social distancing to control building occupant flow can result in fire and life safety issues, such as blocked or locked emergency exits.

Exit factors to consider

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Social distancing: understanding its impact on building occupancy

Considerations for authorities having jurisdiction and building managers when social distancing during COVID-19.

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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.

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Guidance for EMS and PSAP from the CDC

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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Highlighted resources

Research guide

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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.