COLORADO SPRINGS — Many businesses and organizations are trying to figure out how to get back to business under a mandate to do it with strict COVID-19 prevention measures. Firehouses are workplaces where crews also live around the clock. The nature of the job with a fire department comes with increased risk of exposure to the virus, so they had to adapt quickly weeks back and can offer some ideas on COVID-19 prevention measures.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department put together some of its own protocols and added to the list with ideas from other departments. “Lower our risk,” said CSFD, Captain Michael Offutt, “You can’t ever eliminate, but at least we can hopefully lower our risk of one of us getting sick and taking it home to our families.”
There are two elements to the plan. One creates zones based on risk of exposure. The other gives a list of procedures to prevent potential contact with the virus and spreading it further.
Although the procedures are specific to the Colorado Springs Fire Department, many could be adapted or offer ideas to other organizations. Fire bosses are happy to share. Check it out below.