COVID-19 PPE Selection and Care Guidelines for First Responders
COVID-19 Protective Clothing Guidelines
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the virus is thought to spread primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled by the lungs. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
For more information on how the virus spreads and how to prevent getting sick visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Managing risk without compromising patient care requires preventative measures to reduce the spread of disease. As a first responder, you need to be ready to tackle any situation that directly affects street-level operations. Follow these guidelines recommended by the CDC to stay safe while protecting those you serve:
- Wear all appropriate PPE and consider using the additional protection of an isolation gown or coverall
- Take precautions when donning and doffing PPE. Refer to this CDC flyer for instructions
- Remain cautious depending on where you are responding to calls such as, hotels, office buildings, or multi-family homes
- Limit the number of people and equipment entering a potentially contaminated scene
- Maintain your distance and limit physical contact as best as possible
- Put a surgical mask on the individual you are helping
- Thoroughly wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after patient contact
- Keep areas clean at the station by wiping down surfaces such as, door handles and light switches
- Disinfect bunk rooms and dining areas
- Disinfect all PPE, paying special attention to the cleanliness of SCBA facepieces
- Reduce your risk of exposure by not making trips to the store and avoiding crowds
- Remain professional and educate the public on the risks
Refer to the below links to learn more about the CDC, IAFC, and IAFF guidelines for which types of PPE can act as a contamination shield to prevent the transfer of COVID-19.
Grants & PPE Solutions
We know budgets will remain a great concern for your department as you strive to secure additional protective apparel for your crews. Fortunately, there are federal grant opportunities available to financially aid you in that process.
We’re tracking these opportunities and will continue to update them as we learn more. Click through to the PDF below for a list of opportunities, details, deadlines.
Not sure where to begin your grant search? We partner with FireGrantsHelp, a FREE first responder grant assistance tool which offers:
- Grant Research Services
- Grant Alerts and Guidance
- Free Application Assistance
FireGrantHelp experts can help you quickly navigate through the grant application process. They even offer writing services (at a 50% discount through our program). Click through the below link for more information.
As an essential business, Fire-Dex continues to produce PPE and fulfill our mission to serve those who serve. If you’re interested in pursuing a grant for any of the products outlined, please complete the form below.
Below are Fire-Dex products that meet/exceed COVID-19 Guidelines from CDC, IAFC and IAFF:
Fire-Dex produces AAMI Level 3-compliant isolation gowns and coveralls which exceed CDC guidance for COVID-19 related responses. This isolation PPE provides added barrier protection from fluids, is easy to clean and has been tested to 100 wash, dry and sanitization cycles.
Waterproof and bloodborne pathogen-resistant
High level of breathability
Available in just 10 days with our custom expedite program
NFPA 1999 & 1951
NFPA 1951 & 1977
Lightweight, single-layer garment available as a jacket/pant combination or coveralls
Fluid-resistant barrier clothing
H41 Interceptor Hoods
NFPA 1971 certified particulate barrier hoods can prevent the virus from contaminating the face and neck area where standard knit hoods do not provide effective protection
Please Note: Particulate barrier hoods provide high levels of particulate filtration but do not replace the need for FRR or N95 masks
Cleaning and disinfecting are only as good as the products used to do so. There are many EPA registered cleaners and sanitizers available but it doesn’t mean they are safe to use on turnout gear or other types of protective apparel.
We recommend Shurguard Ultimate (EPA Registration #10324-81-7546). Shurguard Ultimate is a hospital-grade laundry sanitizer that, when used as directed, is effective against a wide range of viruses and bacteria including 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)**.
Follow the link below to stock up on COVID-19 approved disinfectant, Shurguard Ultimate, and other turnout gear laundry solutions.
Check out our video vault for instructions on properly cleaning and maintaining PPE.
**EPA Approved Statement: