Social Distancing

An officer answers a 911 call at an emergency dispatch center.

Perceive, predict, act: Situational awareness for COVID-19

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In addition to physical resources like maps, radios, or personal protective equipment (PPE), responders use conceptual frameworks to help them make important decisions during an incident. One of the most important conceptual tools in the realm of emergency management is situational awareness.

A public safety worker puts on personal protective equipment, or PPE. PPE has been in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5 ways first responders are flattening the curve

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According to the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as of May 3 over 13,000 first responders have been exposed to the coronavirus and over 12,000 have been quarantined as a result. Many departments are exploring new tools to get the most out of their limited resources while maintaining social distancing.