Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (MSFCA) is actively working on strategies to assist fire departments across the state. Ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of firefighters, their families, and the public is our top priority during this disaster.

We recognize that COVID-19 has the potential to impact the entire state and may significantly impact the day-to-day operations of fire departments. Below is a summary of the work currently underway by the MSFCA.

UPDATES

COVID-19 Task Force

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the MSFCA Executive Committee authorized the creation of a COVID-19 Task Force to assist with statewide fire service collaboration, communication, and support. The Task Force is comprised of senior fire service leaders from across the state and will liaison directly with the State Fire Marshal Division and other state offices as needed.

The MSFCA has a long and distinguished history of providing support to fire departments across the state. This will remain our top priority. Please remember that MSFCA resources such as the FAST teams, regional mutual aid, and Intrastate Mutual Aid are available to assist.

Fire service leaders can contact the Task Force directly at [email protected].

Requests for FAST teams or mutual aid should continue to be routed through the Duty Officer or other existing channels. However, we believe resources may become limited due to needs in home communities and in multiple locations throughout state.

Communication with the Department of Public Safety

I have been in direct contact with Commissioner Harrington. On Friday night, Commissioner Harrington advised that the Department of Public Safety was able to push through a request for more than $1 million for supplies and equipment as part of the Minnesota Department of Health bill. An additional $10 million federal funding request has also been submitted.

The MSFCA will continue to work with the Department of Public Safety and the State Fire Marshal Division to provide fire departments resources and logistical support. The MSFCA will also actively advocate for legislation and funding to support fire departments during this crisis.

MSFCA Events

For the safety of all speakers, attendees, vendors and communities, it was decided to postpone the Duluth Fire Officer and Training Officer School and the Annual Conference due to the COVID-19 virus.

The MSFCA will also be proactive in evaluating all of our future events and programs.

RESOURCES

Suggested Guideline for Departments
The MSFCA COVID-19 Task Force has prepared an initial guideline to assist fire departments in creating or adjusting policies, procedures, and guidelines. (posted March 13)

CDC EMS Guidance
This guidance applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work. (posted March 14)

League of Minnesota Cities Webinar
Learn what your city, county, or school should do to prepare for the coronavirus. (posted March 14)

Shared Resources from Other Departments
Click here to be directed to some of MN’s Fire Departments shared samples of material that they encourage other departments to modify for their needs.

HSEM PPE Resource Protocol (March 19)

MDH COVID-19 Response Funding

Guidelines for Inspectors

IAFC COVID-19 Task Force Webinar (March 23)

IAFC COVID 19 Fire & EMS Staffing
 (March 25)

COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines for Return to Work - From King County Fire Chiefs Association (April 1)

LMC PPE and Mask Usage (April 6)

MN Hand Sanitizer Source (April 6)

Fire Department Operations during a Pandemic (April 6)

MN Unemployment Benefits for the Fire Service (April 14)

Web Site Case and Projection Resources

Survey of Minnesota Fire Departments for PPE related to the COVID response

Preserving PPE 4/12/20

Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings (July 22)

Frequently Asked Questions

 

NOTICES


Temporary Suspension for fit testing of N 95 masks
(April 1)

COVID-19 Response and Preparation

Office of Governor Walz & Lt. Governor Flanagan
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan unveiled a package of legislative proposals to better prepare our health care system and provide relief to Minnesotans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (posted March 14)

Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends implementing the following mitigation strategies. (posted March 14)

Frequently Asked Questions
Shared Resources from Other Departments