COVID-19 Information and Resources for Emergency Responders

Page updated 4/1/20

In response to the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus, the National Volunteer Fire Council has established this webpage to provide links to information and resources from various federal agencies and other sources that are relevant to emergency responders. We will update this page periodically as we become aware of new resources and information related to EMS or other emergency responders.

Actionable Items

  • Use the NVFC’s Legislative Action Center tell your U.S. Representative and Senators to make volunteer emergency responders a priority for assistance related to COVID-19.
  • The NVFC has expanded the Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund to allow allow eligible responders who have suffered an involuntary loss of wages in excess of $500 as a result of COVID-19 to apply for a $350 stipend to help meet essential needs. This fund is made possible entirely through donations. Learn more.
  • The International Association of Fire Chiefs is asking firefighters that have been exposed, quarantined, and/or put into isolation to fill out this survey. The data will be used to populate the IAFC’s COVID-19 Fire Department Personnel Impact Dashboard to provide a situational awareness tool for fire departments.
  • The NVFC is asking volunteer and combination fire, EMS, and rescue agencies to fill out this survey each week to report on the challenges they are facing related to COVID-19. The information will be used to help inform discussions with policymakers going forward.
  • First responders can use the free exposure tracking tool from FirstForward to document potential exposures to COVID-19. In the event you contract the virus, documentation is critical to demonstrate the line-of-duty connection if planning to file a benefits claim.
  • The recorded version of the NVFC webinar Reset and Recharge: How to Manage Stress in Uncertain Times is now available on-demand.
  • Upcoming webinars and events:

Federal Agency Resources

Non-Federal Resources

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following standards, codes, and resources and to assist in prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Free online access is available for all NFPA codes and standards.