The correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important part of keeping ourselves safe at all of our incidents.

PPE for travel to incidents

If your appliance or vehicle is large enough to maintain distancing, there is no requirement to wear a mask while responding, but you can if you want to.

If your vehicle is not large enough, you should wear a N95 mask, as you would if dealing with members of the public.  Dispose of the mask and replace once you have dealt with a patient or other members of the public.

PPE for medical incidents

The purpose of the PPE worn for medical response is to limit contact with droplets from patients who may have COVID-19 or any viral type illness or respiratory patients.

Type of medical response You must wear
If the patient is in cardiac arrest, 
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Goggles (not safety glasses)
  • N95-rated face mask
  • Coveralls OR gowns.
If you are going to be working within 2 metres of a patient suspected of having recent exposure, or a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis

For all other medical responses, lift assists

  • Nitrile gloves
  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • N95-rated face mask.

Use of masks on patients

  • In Alert Levels 3 and 4 - The patient should wear a mask whenever feasible, over an oxygen mask/nasal prongs if required.

Always follow standard hygiene practices

  • Wash and dry your hands for at least 20 seconds, and dry them well.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water.
  • Use good coughing and sneezing etiquette.

PPE isolation gowns

  • The PPE isolation gowns supplied for the protection of our people are the same as those worn by St John, Wellington Free Ambulance and hospital staff treating and assisting people in their care.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided several standards and criteria to help countries identify appropriate PPE. These PPE isolation gowns meet the WHO guidelines.

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