During these uncertain times as we all manage to effectively deal with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District (NCFR) is taking a moment to share information that we deem helpful should we need to respond to your emergency.
Personal Protective Equipment
As COVID-19 is an airborne disease, in some instances, NCFR Firefighter/Paramedics may arrive at your location wearing additional personal protective equipment, or PPE. This PPE may include gloves, eye protection, gowns and a variety of masks ranging from the surgical type that we are familiar with our doctors wearing to the fitted and sealed N-95 mask to the more intimidating respirator mask with filter. Our personnel are trained to access the patient and surroundings to determine the best PPE for each response call. Paramedics may ask you, the patient, to wear a mask as well.
Request from 9-1-1 to Step Outside to Meet First Responders
The 9-1-1 dispatch center may ask you, the patient, to step outside of your residence and wait for first responders to arrive. Performing the initial assessment in a well-ventilated area provides a safer environment. If you are unable to step outside, do not worry as first responders will always come inside to treat you. This is just one measure, if available, that further minimizes exposure to first responders so that they may continue serving our community.
NCFR emergency operations are in place and well prepared to respond. You can be assured that your NCFR Firefighter/Paramedics are trained for all situations, including dealing with infectious diseases, and are practicing the same preventative techniques that the CDC and your local Department of Health are promoting.
NCFR will continue to closely monitor the outbreak at local, state and national levels and provide uninterrupted, safe, compassionate, clinically excellent care while maintaining a healthy workforce and being a responsible and reliable healthcare partner.