On March 13, 2020, U.S. President Donald J. Trump declared a National Emergency under the provisions of The National Emergencies Act (NEA) (Public Law 94–412, 90 Statute 1255, enacted September 14, 1976, codified at 50 United States Code § 1601–1651). The declaration was made in response to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic caused by the COVID 19 strain. One day earlier, on March 12, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency in response to this same threat. While the best resources for information about the pandemic are the Federal government’s site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (found below), first responders may benefit from the additional resources provided below as they update or create pandemic plans and adjust to operating and delivering services during this crisis.
This page has been developed to provide information, resources and best practices to Chiefs and First Responders to protect our personnel as best as they can.
The VSFA will be updating this page on a regular basis as new information becomes avaiable.
Websites with additional information
The NVFC has also created a survey for volunteer and combination fire, EMS, and rescue agencies to report on the challenges they are facing related to COVID-19. The information gathered through the survey will be used to help inform discussions with policymakers going forward. Take the survey here.
FEMA Guidance on Continuity of Operations Plans for Influenza Pandemics. Although not specific to the COVID virus, it has sound guidance that will apply. Your AHJ will need to amend the triage, screening, and isolation criteria and protocols, as well as amend the treatment/intervention protocols.
Table on the efficacy of disinfecting wipes. PLEASE READ as not all wipes are created the same and some may damage expensive equipment like SCBAs, TICs, etc.
Basic DRAFTS of various NIMS forms. These are shells only but provide the key elements that should be considered in the development of your Incident Action Plans. It is crucial that organizations document their response efforts, including preparedness, operations, and demobilization (when that comes). This provides a starting point. The forms will lneed to be adapted to each locality.
NEW 3-24-20 Updates
Preventing aerosol-generating procedures while treating prehospital COVID-19 patients
From the NVFC:COVID-19 IMPACT ON FIRE & EMS: WEEKLY UPDATE 3/27/20
U.S. Fire Administration updates