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A MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR OF THE U. S. FIRE AMINISTRATION REGARDING THE H1N1 FLU
Release Date: April 29, 2009
Washington DC- In an effort to send a common message the U. S. Fire Administration (USFA) is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other Federal partners to issue an Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Medical First Responder, and a specific 9-1-1 guidance document (see below) to the Nationâ€™s first responders. This is a dynamic process and we will provide additional information as soon as we receive the appropriate agency(s) approval. In addition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) link http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ there is also a link for specific Pandemic Influenza information at http://www.EMS.gov.
â€œWe are currently monitoring the H1N1 Flu information as it comes forward from the CDC and DHS medical experts. As a part of DHS/FEMA, the USFA is seeking to ensure our Nationâ€™s firefighters and their families are provided the information they need to stay safe,â€ said Acting Assistant Administrator Glenn A. Gaines. â€œWe know as firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) called to emergency medical responses and other emergencies across the Nation, there is always the concern for secondary exposure to fellow firefighters and families as firefighters return to their homes. As conditions change, we will work closely with you to ensure firefighters and EMTs have the most current information.â€
The U.S. Department of Transportation's EMS Pandemic Influenza Guidelines for Statewide Adoption and Preparing for Pandemic Influenza: Recommendations for Protocol Development and 9-1-1 Personnel and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) are available online at http://www.ems.gov (Click on Pandemic News). State and local EMS agencies should review these documents for additional useful information.
For the most current information regarding the outbreak of H1N1 Flu, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/SwineFlu/