Emergency Medical Response During the Outbreak

Our Fire Department's Emergency Medical Response During COVID-19
Posted on 03/19/2020

What to Expect When Your Washington Township Paramedics Respond During an Emergency

Personal Protective Equipment

As COVID-19 is an airborne disease, in some instances, WTFD Firefighter/Paramedics may arrive at your location wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE). This 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 assess the patient and surroundings to determine the best PPE for each response. Paramedics may ask you, the patient, to wear a mask as well.

Our Firefighter/Paramedics may ask you, the patient, to step outside of your residence for further evaluation and possible treatment. 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.

WTFD emergency operations are in place and well prepared to respond. You can be assured that your WTFD Firefighter/Paramedics are trained for all situations, including dealing with infectious diseases, and are practicing the same preventative techniques that the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health are promoting. WTFD 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.

Where Can I learn More?

Information about COVID-19 is on websites for the CDC, Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and World Health Organization (WHO). Washington Township's COVID-19 page also includes information.