30 March- new clinical update. There are some special considerations to take into account when responding to medical calls where the patient may have COVID-19.
Information for incident response
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Our core business does not change during a pandemic. Fire and Emergency must still continue to respond to fires, and other incidents, including medical response to meet our legislative requirements and public expectations.
The situation will be changing fairly rapidly in the early stages as we get improved information from Ministry of Health and our partner agencies. Please check back often for updates.
All 111 callers are now asked if anyone at the location has COVID-19 or is in self-isolation, so ComCen can provide you with that information when you are turned out.
Personnel over 70 years old
In line with the announcement today to limit their exposure as a high-risk group, operational career and volunteer personnel over the age of 70 will not respond to incidents until further notice.
- As such career personnel in this age group who are rostered on duty will be taken off duty on special leave effective immediately.
- All operational personnel in this age group should make contact with Area/District Management so they can monitor their wellbeing.
Higher risk staff
- People with underlying medical conditions respiratory conditions, such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart conditions, high blood pressure, kidney problems and diabetes or who are pregnant, will need to take more precautions to protect themselves against all infections including COVID-19. For operational personnel who have an underlying medical condition please bring this to the attention of your Area Manager or Principal Rural Fire Officer.
- If you are self-isolating please ensure your Manager is aware.
This page has definitions of contact and exposure, and scenarios about whether you might need to go into self-isolation following an incident
This page has information on using BA and APRs during the pandemic, and instructions for washing BA.
This page has information about cleaning appliance and light vehicles to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Use these steps to clean a Fire and Emergency operational station or premises.
This page has information about crew availability and working with reduced crews.
Updated 27 March 11:15 AM. Ordering of medical PPE and pandemic supplies is being done at the national level for distribution to Regions, Areas and Districts.