First, let me take the opportunity to say Thank you for the level of dedication and sense of duty that is currently on display from each and every one of you. I have never been more proud to be a part of this organization. As I have said before, myself and the Fire Department Leadership Team are fully engaged in getting us through this pandemic and keeping everyone healthy. The total run volume is down as citizens shelter in place and follow the City Ordinances. Please familiarize yourselves with these ordinances and be stewards of social distancing as the public is looking to us, more than ever, to set the example and ensure that we will be there in their time of need. Surgical masks have been distributed for your use as an additional layer of protection when you are out in the public. Feel free to use these masks as you see fit within the station as well. Please be aware that there is not an unlimited supply of these masks so use good personal judgment in their use.
As we continue to adapt operational strategy, there have been some great suggestions coming up from crews that we have already implemented into policy and there will be more to come so keep the suggestions coming. I have seen the personnel efforts that some crews have taken to ensure that their equipment and rigs are disinfected, we are taking steps through the Safety Division to support those efforts with policy and the needed equipment to provide uniformity across the Department. Even though the goal is no exposures, for a department of our size, the number of confirmed exposures is relatively low and this is a testament to the level of dedication that you all have when it comes to properly protecting yourselves at every incident. The Assistant Chiefs are meeting consistently over the phone with the Deputies and Battalion Chiefs from all three shifts to share information and get feedback in real time.
If you have any questions or concerns bring them up to your supervisor so they can get addressed though your Battalion Chief as soon as possible.
Keep up the good work, we are all in this together.
Mario M. D’Agostino, Fire Chief