This page contains resources to assist fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments with planning and responding to pandemics, with a special emphasis on COVID-19.
This document provides an overview of general considerations, potential strategies and existing resources that EMS agencies may use to inform changes to their operations and standards of care. Sample documents are provided.
Recommendations for EMS agencies providing transport for high risk COVID-19 patients.
An epidemiology overview for EMS providers from all types of EMS systems.
Strategies that may be helpful in reducing patient and family stress associated with COVID-19 in the prehospital care setting.
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.
Social distancing to control building occupant flow can result in fire and life safety issues, such as blocked or locked emergency exits.
Considerations for authorities having jurisdiction and building managers when social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consider these factors when preparing to reopen pools with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
fire service personnel responses to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 incidents from Jan. 1 – July 7, 2020.