ALERT: Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States

This guidance applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work.

Summary of Key Changes for the EMS Guidance:

  • Updated PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19:
    • Facemasks are an acceptable alternative until the supply chain is restored. Respirators should be prioritized for procedures that are likely to generate respiratory aerosols, which would pose the highest exposure risk to HCP… READ MORE

Dispatchers looking to receive first responders status (CA)

On January 22, a new bill was announced at a press conference by a group of public safety dispatchers from across California. Assembly Bill 1945 (AB 1945), which has been championed by Assemblymember Rudy Salas, will reclassify and recognize the efforts of public safety dispatchers as first responders. The work that public safety dispatchers provide to varying agencies is important to the ability for those agencies to invoke their respected skills. Currently, the United States government defines dispatchers as fulfilling an “administrative” vocation.