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.
- 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:
- Taking Care of Ourselves
Hosted by ESIP
April 1 at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT
- First Responders, Stress Management, and Coronavirus
Presented by Lexipol
April 2 at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT
- Reset and Recharge: Taking Care of Our Mental Health in Uncertain Times
Hosted by the NVFC and presented by Ali Rothrock
April 2 at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT
- Taking Care of Ourselves
Federal Agency Resources
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NIOSH:
- COVID-19 landing page
- Interim Guidance for EMS Personnel and 911 PSAPs (updated March 10)
- Interim Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Personnel with Exposure to COVID-19 (updated March 7)
- Healthcare Supply of PPE
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators
- Framework for Expanding EMS System Capacity During Medical Surge (2017)
- Interim Pre-pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States (2007)
- Emergency Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Advisory/FEMA Support (released March 21)
- COVID-19 Response landing page including news releases, fact sheets, and rumor control information
- National Incident Command System (ICS)
- Organization Assignment List (ICS 203), adapted for COVID
- Medical Plan (ICS 206), adapted for COVID
- Operational Planning Worksheet (ICS 215), adapted for COVID
- Resource Request (ICS 213 RR), adapted for COVID
- Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis (ICS 215A), adapted for COVID
- Safety Message/Plan (ICS 208) – COVID-19 Exposure Control
- Safety Message/Plan (ICS 208) – COVID-19
- U.S. Fire Administration
- Department of Health and Human Resources – ASPR TRACIE:
- The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) web site
- Landing page with resources specific to infectious diseases
- An EMS Infectious Disease Playbook
- Pandemic Preparedness Checklist (2013)
- Healthcare Planning Checklist
- The National Institutes of Health:
- The Environmental Protection Agency:
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS:
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Interactive map of COVID-19 global cases (Johns Hopkins CSSE)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for Fire Chiefs (International Association of Fire Chiefs)
- Guide for Coronavirus Planning and Response (International Association of Fire Chiefs)
- Minimum Recommended Guidance on Protection and Decontamination of First Responders Involved in COVID-19 Cases – Quick Reaction Guide (International Personnel Protection, Inc. and Emergency Response TIPS)
- Minimum Recommended Guidance on Protection and Decontamination of First Responders Involved in COVID-19 Cases – Detailed Reaction Guide (International Personnel Protection, Inc. and Emergency Response TIPS)
- Balancing the Risk – Strategies for Respiratory Protection During a Pandemic (International Personnel Protection, Inc. and Emergency Response TIPS) (released March 19)
- Webinar: The Fire Service & COVID-19 – 7 Key Legal Considerations (Lexipol and the International Association of Fire Chiefs)
- EMS HHCD awareness video (National Ebola Training and Education Center)
- COVID-19 fighting products (American Chemistry Council)
- Active ingredients, chemical formulas, pros and cos of disinfectant-impregnated wipes applications (Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control)
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.
- NFPA 1600®, Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management is the recognized National Preparedness Standard®, offering vital information on conducting risk assessments, business impact analysis, capabilities, needs assessments, and developing emergency and recovery plans for myriad events including pandemic.
- NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations provides requirements for the clothing and certain respiratory devices used by on-scene first responders as well as by first receiver health care workers at facilities where treatment will be rendered.
- NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program provides the minimum requirements for infection control programs to help identify and limit the potential of an infectious exposure to fire department members as well as other first responders during the performance of their assigned duties and within the responder working and living environment.
- NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code offers healthcare decision-makers essential safety information and requirements for emergency planning, isolation spaces, infection control, IT and data infrastructure, and many other relevant topics.
- Emergency Preparedness Checklist
- Organizational Planning Tips for Pandemic Preparedness