South Metro Fire Rescue continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure that the safety and preventative measures to limit exposure to our personnel and citizens is our top priority.
We know it’s a very fluid situation that has been evolving daily. South Metro is proactively taking heightened precautions for our personnel and staff at this time, including:
- Closing SMFR admin building to non-essential personnel until April 3rd (or until further notice).
- South Metro Fire Chief Baker signed a disaster declaration. By implementing a local disaster emergency declaration, the Fire Chief has increased authority to activate the necessary response and recovery aspects of any and all applicable local and inter-jurisdictional disaster emergency plans and have emergency funding as needed. To read the full disaster declaration, click here
- MetCom (South Metro Fire Rescue’s dispatch center) is actively monitoring if a patient calls and states they have similar symptoms to that of the COVID-19. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing, fever).
- If Metcom determines that a scene may have someone with these symptoms, they will advise crews that they should wear appropriate PPE before entering the scene. This includes wearing gloves, mask, eyewear and gown.
- South Metro has determined that we will be rescheduling all station tours, engine demos and ride-a-longs, community events and public education classes to a later date to minimize exposure. We do remain committed to our citizens, however, and will work with them to ensure that we reschedule any event, tour, demo, etc. to a later time.
- Operations is also actively working with our crews on additional protocols for limiting exposure as well, including having a dedicated Decon Unit to help decontaminate medic units if there is a known risk of transport