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COVID-19 Infection Control Resources for Fire and EMS

This page contains resources to assist fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments with COVID-19 infection control.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

These videos demonstrate methods described in CDC's infection control guidance for donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) PPE in healthcare settings.

Donning (putting on) PPE

Doffing (taking off) PPE

See also: Heat-Related Stress. Guidance and best practices for EMS clinicians adapting to extra PPE and higher temperature environments. Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group.

Decontamination and reuse


PPE reuse and decontamination

U.S. Fire Administrator Keith Bryant and other federal partners present on PPE reuse, strategies for optimizing PPE use, and decontamination practices.

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PPE preservation planning toolkit

Users enter data based on their PPE use and factors that reflect their operating environment. Outputs includes reduction estimates based on the preservation strategy selected and duration of supply amounts.

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Disinfection of structural firefighting PPE

Basic guidance to manage the disinfection of structural firefighting PPE exposed to the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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Includes pants, coats, liners, hoods, gloves, boots, helmets and face pieces.

See also:

Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators. This document summarizes research about decontamination of FFRs before reuse. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare Settings. This document recommends practices for extended use and limited reuse of NIOSH-certified N95 filtering face piece respirators. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Counterfeit respirators

Don't be fooled by the counterfeit NIOSH-approved respirators showing up in the marketplace. Visit these websites to know what to look for so that you can spot a fake.

NIOSH-approved particulate filtering face piece respirators
This site provides a list of NIOSH-approved particulate filtering face piece respirators. You can select a type of respirator to see all approved models.
User notice: counterfeit respirators / misrepresentation of NIOSH-approval
Find out how to identify a NIOSH-approved respirator.
Factors to consider when planning to purchase respirators from another country
Key factors to assist potential purchasers of international respirators in making informed procurement and distribution decisions to keep their workers safe. Review factors. See also: international respirator assessments

Counterfeit respirators: make others aware

Share this card on your social media channels to increase awareness about counterfeit respirators.

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Workplace and vehicle decontamination