Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resource Hub

(Last updated January 20, 2021)

General Info

What Firefighters and EMS Providers Need to Know about COVID-19
Developers: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Description: A summary of COVID-19 information for emergency responders.
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Coronavirus COVID-19: Information and Tools for Fire Chiefs
Developers: International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Description: The IAFC webpage provides information and tools on COVID-19 for fire/EMS agencies (personnel impact tracking tool, surveillance resources, overviews, PPE selection and infection control, maintaining operations).
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IAFF Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Developers: International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
Description: A division of IAFF website which provides resources, infographics, and updates on COVID-19 (tracking survey, health information, preparation and PPE).
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COVID-19 Resource Page for Chief Officers
Developers: Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
Description: The CAFC webpage provides resources on COVID-19 to fire chief officers (log-in required). Chiefs who do not have CAFC membership can request temporary and complementary access to the COVID-19 resources.
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Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Firefighters
Developers: Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA)
Description: A set of resources, tips, and best practices to help protect firefighters during the pandemic.
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COVID-19 Resources for Ontario Fire Fighters
Developers: Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association
Description: This websites provides resources (e.g., government action, best practices, labour/management) for Ontario fire fighters.
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COVID-19 Information and Resources for Emergency Responders
Developers: National Volunteer Fire Council
Description: This website provides COVID-19 links and resources for volunteer emergency responders.
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NFPA Responds to Coronavirus
Developers: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Description: The NFPA website provides resources on the codes and standards for responding to the coronavirus (emergency planning, responder safety in paramedics video and podcast).
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Learning and Policy Centre
Developers: Lexipol
Description: This website provides free COVID-19 policies, courses, and training tools for emergency services agencies. Note: registration required.
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Developers: International Public Safety Association
Description: This website provides info on COVID-19 fatalities, mental health, and continuity of operations.
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FAQs for Wildland Firefighters
Developers: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Description: COVID-19 resources for wildland firefighters.
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COVID-19 Prevention and Management During Wildland Fire Operation
Developers: National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Description: COVID-19 information for wildland fire personnel.
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Wildland firefighter exposure to smoke and COVID-19: A new risk on the fire lineNEW
Authors: Navarro KM, Clark KA, Hardt DJ, Reid CE, Lahm PW, Domitrovich JW, Butler CR, Balmes JR.
Published: December 11, 2020
Description: A review of how wildland fire smoke may influence the risk of COVID-19 infection and severity of the illness.
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Infectious Agents Exposure Reduction Training for First Responders
Developers: Western Region Public Health Training Center
Published: March 21, 2020
Description: A 10-minute video on how to mitigate exposures to coronavirus and other infectious agents.


Sizing Up that Vaccine for Firefighters – NEW
Organizer: International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Published: January 19, 2021
Description (courtesy of IAFC): With doubts and concerns about the vaccine, fire service leaders are coming together to help provide information on the COVID-19 vaccine to turn the tide on the pandemic.

Understanding the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine – NEW
Developers: Dr. Clayton Kazan, Medical Director, LA County Fire
Published: December 4, 2020
Description: A 24-minute video on SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines: how they work, their development and clinical trials, and their safety.
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Mental Health

COVID-19 Resources for Mental Health
Compiled by: BC First Responders’ Mental Health
Description: This webpage provides resources on how to support first responders’ mental health during the pandemic.
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Resilience Booster Poster
Developers: Resilient Minds, Canadian Mental Health Association
Description: A poster on how to care for your psychological health during the pandemic.
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CIPSRT COVID-19 Information and Resources for PSP
Developers: Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT)
Description: The CIPSRT website provides general and mental health resources to help public safety personel cope with COVID-19.
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We’re Here for You!
Developers: First Responder Center for Excellence
Description: This website provides behavioural health resources (e.g., stress management, health and fitness, daily workouts) to help first responders cope with the pandemic.
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COVID-19 Resources for First Responders and their Family
Compiled by: Project All In
Description: This webpage provides resources on how to support first responders and their family during the pandemic.
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5 mental health tips for first responders during COVID-19
Author: Nick Halmasy (After the Call)
Published: March 30, 2020
Description: An article that offers strategies on how to cope during COVID-19.
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Minimizing stress during the COVID-19 crisis
Compiled by: US Fire administration
Published: April 2, 2020
Description: A webpage that provides tips on how first responders can protect their mental health during the pandemic.
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Self-care and COVID-19 exposure for first responder families
Compiled by: US Fire administration
Last reviewed: May 7, 2020
Description: A webpage that provides first responders with coping strategies for COVID-19 stress and exposures.
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First Responder Health
Developers: First Responder Health (Matt Johnston and team)
Description: A series of YouTube videos that help support first responders’ mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.
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Confronting COVID-19: The surges ahead, testing reliability, and long-term fire service impacts
Published: July 1, 2020
Description: Dr. Sara Jahnke discusses the impact of the pandemic on the U.S. fire service with Chief Marc Bashoor in this episode of Side Alpha on FireRescue1 podcast (30 min).

Containing COVID-19
Author: Brieanne Charlebois (Fire Fighting in Canada)
Published: April 27, 2020
Description: An article on how fire departments across Canada are responding to the global pandemic.
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COVID-19 testing for first responders: Understanding antibody tests and immunity
Author: Sara Jahnke (Fire Rescue 1)
Published: April 22, 2020
Description: An article on COVID-19 antibody tests and immunity.
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