COVID-19 Resource Update October 2020

COVID-19 Resource Update

Oct. 7, 2020

This message from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) includes critical and emergent resources for fire and EMS on the COVID-19 response. The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. USFA will update information through this email list at least once each week.

Visit the USFA’s website for additional COVID-19 resources for fire and EMS.

Subscribe to the USFA COVID-19 email list.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has gone on for over seven months and as with any long-term, high stress event, workers can become fatigued. Fire and EMS personnel may be working longer hours due to COVID-19 response, while at the same time performing regular duties and taking infection control precautions.

Working longer hours and more shifts can wear you down and cause interruptions in sleep. Lack of sleep can impair your decision-making skills and negatively affect your safety and long-term health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information to help employees and workers address workplace fatigue , including sleep interruptions, and provides online training for fire and EMS personnel to reduce risks associated with long work hours.

COVID-19 essential information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Resources to protect the fire and EMS from COVID-19. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Emergency Medical Services provides current COVID-19 information for EMS responders.

What firefighters and EMS providers need to know about COVID-19. 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.

USFA lists non-government website links if they provide government information and/or services in a way that is not available on an official government website. They are provided as a public service only. USFA neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice or products included in these website links. Furthermore, the U.S. government neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of the information contained in non-government website links.

Fire and EMS: explore these critical resources to assist you with infection control, cost reimbursement and your overall response to COVID-19.

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