Information for First Responders on Maintaining Operational Capabilities During a Pandemic

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Information for First Responders on Maintaining Operational Capabilities During a Pandemic
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First responders have a critical role in prehospital emergency care and must continue to provide this essential service and fill the many emergency response roles in a community. The first responder community includes: Fire, emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement, emergency management and 911 telecommunications. During a severe pandemic, workloads will increase, and staff sizes will diminish as employees and their families become ill or are quarantined. Contingency planning can help reduce the worst impacts; smart planning can save lives. To help with planning for the impacts of a severe pandemic, this document provides the following kinds of information for first responders: ĵ Potential ways to adjust operations to maintain readiness and response. Potential ways for leaders in the first responder community to plan at the local level; including a planning tool for these efforts. Present out-of-the-box planning and operations concepts to drive thought and discussion. Reference sheets with discipline-specific potential action steps.

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