COVID-19 Resources

Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775

As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and exposures continue to grow, we want to make sure you have the latest information as a union member to protect the health and safety of you, your coworkers, and the public when responding to potential COVID-19 cases.

03 August 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many affiliates to postpone or cancel traditional Fill the Boot events that help raise funds for critically needed services for families in need.With these iconic Fill...
19 June 2020
Share this EmailSisters and Brothers,The IAFF Elected Human Relations Committee (EHRC) was created by Convention resolution in 1988 to address issues relating to diversity and inclusion in our union a...
08 June 2020
June 8 – The IAFF has released guidance on Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) related to COVID-19.June 5 – We are saddened by the news that Local 22 member Eric ...
31 May 2020
May 28 – IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger is quoted in today’s Washington Post story on the risk fire fighters and paramedics face without having the proper PPE they need duri...
15 May 2020
May 18 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for applications for FY 2019 Staffing for SAFER grant funding to 5:00 p.m. on May 27, 2020. There ...
29 April 2020
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) began to spread in the United States and Canada, we took early and unprecedented steps to protect the safety and well-being of our members and staff, their families and t...
20 April 2020
IAFF members are on the frontline of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but many of their spouses may be out of work due to stay-at-home orders. If this is the case for your family and you are under...
17 April 2020
Watch this short video from IAFF General Secretary/Treasurer Ed "Edzo" Kelly....

Dept of Labor

DOL Wage & Hour Division information for employers and employees facing COVID-19, and effects on wages and hours worked under FLSA and  FMLA.

CAL OSHA Regulations

Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves.

Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard (section 5199) requires protection for employees providing health care services and operations, including:

  • Public health services, fire and EMS, and police services that are reasonably anticipated to expose employees to an aerosol transmissible disease.

To protect workers and prevent exposure to the virus, employers must develop and maintain the required programs and plans for their facility or operation. Cal/OSHA recommends the interim guidance, educational materials and model programs and plans below be reviewed with an employer’s existing procedures to ensure that workers are protected.

Cal-OSHA Regulations that are specific to firefighters and COVID-19 workplace exposures:

Preparation & PPE Protection for Fire & EMS Members

Preparation

COVID-19 Self-Screening Guidelines

  • Review your department’s exposure control plan.
  • Plan to meet or connect with local and state health departments to discuss policies, procedures and precautions in case COVID-19 becomes widespread.
  • Maintain an adequate supply of N-95 and surgical masks and monitor the availability of both masks with your medical supply vendor.
  • Routinely check the IAFF website for more information about COVID-19.

Potential Exposure

Risk Assessment for Potential Exposure
Post-Exposure/Quarantine Symptom Monitoring Tracker

  • If you treat a patient who shows signs and symptoms addressed below, document potential exposures according to your exposure control plan.
  • Potential exposures should also be documented using the National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS) Exposure Mobile App. This will assist in collecting national exposure data for all fire fighters and paramedics.
  • Notify your infection control officer.
  • If you present signs and symptoms, immediately follow up with your healthcare provider and identify your exposure.

Protection

  • The CDC recommends N-95 or P100 with eye protection
    • N-95 and higher levels of respiratory protection require fit testing
    • Eye protection should be face shield or goggles
    • Surgical masks with plastic eye lenses are inappropriate PPE
  • If possible and tolerated, place a surgical mask on patients to minimize exposure
  • Use a clean, non-sterile, long-sleeved, fluid-resistant gown
  • Gloves
  • Use either single-use, disposable equipment or dedicated equipment to decontaminate. If equipment needs to be shared among patients, clean and disinfect between each patient using ethyl alcohol (70%) or bleach solution (ratio of ¼ cup of bleach in a gallon of water)
  • Hand washing
  • Minimize patient contact in poorly ventilated areas
  • Disinfect the ambulance with bleach solution
    • Routinely clean and disinfect patient-contact areas
  • For more information about PPE:

Decontaminating Gear and Equipment

CPF Firefighter Personal Exposure Reporting COVID-19

COVID-19 EXPOSURE REPORTING

Protect Your Health and Your Rights

COVID-19 Training Resources for IAFF Members


Members are encouraged to complete Covid-19 Specific Training to help better prepare themselves and their organizations to better respond to this emerging pandemic. All of these trainings are online and can be completed on or off duty. Some offer certification and others offer approved Continuing Education Credits (CE’s) that may be used to re-certify EMT or Paramedic licensure.

MARIN COVID-19 INFORMATION

Current information and updates from the County of Marin Public Health Officer including Shelter in Place status and interim Guidelines from Marin Health and Human Services.

Workers Compensation Rights

As a professional firefighter, your health and safety are our priority. Worker's Compensation protects your salary and benefits if your are injured or become ill due to exposures as part of your job.  To protect your rights, you must follow processes and take steps to prepare before the injury or exposure occurs.

IMPORTANT! All Local 1775 Members MUST pre-designate a physician with your employer!

Pre-Designated Physician FormAll Local 1775 members MUST pre-designate a physician with their employer in order to protect their rights to choose a doctor or specialist in the event of an on the job injury or job related illness.  If you fail to fill this form out, and have it signed by your doctor (and file it with your employer) before you are injured, you forfeit your right to choose the doctor who will treat you.  In the recent past, Local 1775 members have suffered needlessly and were unable to receive the best treatment available because they did not complete this simple procedure!

Download a Pre-Designated Physician Form here...

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