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COVID-19 resources for first responders

Vermont SEOC activation 2020As the national and statewide landscape related to the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, this page for first responders provides resources and updates on state activities, executive orders, guidance for law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel, and more. The information here is updated when news details and guidance becomes available. 

View the latest statistics, updated daily, on the coronavirus in Vermont.

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The primary source of information for all Vermonters and specific constituencies is, and key advice remains: regular hand washing; refrain from touching your face; and exercise safe distancing.

Any first-response organization that identifies possible cases of the coronavirus among staff or that has any other operational or capacity impacts should report them to the State Emergency Operations Center at 800-347-0488.

Staying healthy and available to respond to public emergencies is imperative for first responders. Our personal well-being is the backbone to maintaining our response capabilities during this current COVID-19 pandemic. If your agency experiences a shortage of staff due to illness, you should utilize your currently approved and operational mutual aid agreements for initial coverages. Should conditions warrant a lengthier timeframe of coverage or an increase of staff depletion due to illness, the state EOC can work out logistics and planning of assistance with regional and state partners.

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The Department of Public Safety recommends all first responders utilize the following precautions:

  • Review and understand the PPE (personal protective equipment) policies of your agency.
  • Inventory your PPE supplies and ensure they are readily available for use.
  • Wash your hands with soap and hot water often, and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Utilize situational awareness on all requests for assistance, and always be cognizant of your surroundings and other team members.
  • Immediately notify your supervisor and do not come to work if you exhibit any signs or symptoms of illness. It is vitally important that you protect yourself and the integrity of your team.

Available guidance

Please review the following documents and webpages for the latest guidance to first responders.

For all first responders:
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For fire departments:
For Emergency Medical Services
Video: Lyndonville Fire Department COVID-19 — PPE Doning & Doffing Training