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Staying Healthy at Fire Station One

Post Date:03/27/2020 7:45 PM

Firefighter Disinfects Entryway

Keeping firefighters and paramedics healthy is essential during the COVID-19 crisis. To reduce the likelihood of first responders becoming infected and unable to work, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District has implemented rigorous hygiene and social distancing protocols at our local fire stations.

At Fire Station One in Sausalito, firefighters work two-day shifts. A normal shift begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends 48 hours later, when a new shift takes over. Firefighters are self-screening upon arrival at work by reporting information about their health into a digital system. This is conducted twice a shift, and a running log of each firefighter is maintained. Under the new protocols, firefighters also clean their shoes with a disinfectant spray prior to entering the fire station. Prior to entering the living space, they wash their hands in a designated area.

Like the rest of us, our firefighters are now practicing social distancing, which can be a challenge in the shared communal space that is a fire station. Here are some of the social distancing measures that have been put in place:
  • Firefighters keep a minimum six-foot clearance between each other
  • Daily meetings, shift briefings, and certain types of training are now conducted using Zoom video conferencing
  • Firefighters are encouraged to use take-out options for meals, thus reducing kitchen activity and providing support for local businesses
  • Firefighters are encouraged not to eat as a group
Other measures now in place include:
  • More frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and communal facilities
  • A relaxation of uniform requirements so that difficult-to-clean firefighter uniforms are only worn in the field, not at the firehouse
The firefighters of Southern Marin Fire encourage you to follow their lead in practicing social distancing and good hygiene. Together, we can help minimize the impacts of COVID-19 on our community.

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