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Frederick Fire & Rescue institutes new guidelines for first responders

25 March 2020 Covid19 Frederick County News

As Frederick County continues to deal with the spread of COVID-19, the public safety system and fire stations remain fully staffed with emergency medical services professionals, firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and dispatchers who are ready to assist the community.

In an effort to keep personnel and citizens healthy, Frederick County Fire and Rescue has set new guidelines in motion for first responders, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Don’t be alarmed if you see crews wearing enhanced personal protective equipment such as N95 respirators, face shields, googles, gloves and gowns. They have been instructed to maintain a safe distance during assessment, when possible, and to apply surgical masks to patients. All crew members are being monitored for signs and symptoms before, during and after their shifts. Emergency equipment and apparatus are being disinfected after each incident. In addition, fire stations are closed to the public and non-essential personnel.

In the event you do need emergency services, it is imperative that you inform 911 call takers if you, or anyone in your home, are experiencing flu-like symptoms or difficulty breathing. Be aware that 911 center personnel are asking additional questions to assess your condition and to screen for potential COVID-19 exposure. This allows crews to take the added precautions discussed above so that immediate medical care can be provided upon arriving.

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