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As the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues in Colorado, Security Fire Department, like many departments has begun stricter safety guidelines when responding to our beloved community. The steps coincide with recommendations from the CDC and CDPHE.

We are sadly temporarily suspending station and engine tours and external trainings that could expose firefighters to the virus.

We know it has been said many times but please ensure you’re remaining hyper vigilant on strong hygiene practices.

IF you call 911 and meet any of the prescreening guidelines the dispatchers will be asking you, do not be alarmed if our crews do not enter your home immediately.  We may take a few moments to protect ourselves, and you, from any possible exposure. We will be wearing masks and may ask you to wear one also, we may also be putting on white Tyvek suits as a precaution. After we have met our protective protocol we will send one paramedic inside to assess the patient.

Please know we are monitoring this growing situation closely and are keeping up with all changes recommended by the CDC and CDPHE. We are implementing these steps as we want to limit this growing epidemic, we commend governor Polis on his prudent and proactive actions to protect the communities of Colorado. They may seem stiff and premature, but limiting large groups congregating is proven to help reduce spread of an infectious virus and will likely help us get through this time faster. We are here and will continue to be here ready to faithfully serve our community during this time and after.

Guidelines recommended by multiple emergency management offices, and implemented by Security Fire Department are listed below. As are recommendations on how to protect yourself and family also attached are emails and links if you have further questions that are not covered.

We appreciate our community remaining steadfast during such a trying time, we understand having kids home for extra days and possibly not being able to work are very stressful for all. We ask you remain calm and vigilant until the situation has eased. Do not live in constant fear or panic. Check on your neighbors especially the elderly who cannot get out even if it’s from a distance.

Precautionary measures taken for emergency operations include:

911 dispatchers will screen patients who call with an emergency.

If COVID-19 is suspected, crews will limit exposure by wearing protective gear and restricting the patient exam to one paramedic.

Family members or other riders will not be allowed to ride in the ambulance with the patient. In rare cases, the parent or guardian of a patient who is a minor may be allowed to ride in the ambulance.

Guidelines for Self-Protection and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

All residents are encouraged to follow the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the CDC and their local public health departments for the latest information on COVID-19.

The following are guidelines from CDPHE and CDC (online source):

Take everyday actions to protect yourself and those you love

There are effective ways to reduce the risk to yourself and the people you care about.

Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.

Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

Be calm and prepared.

FEMA: Guidance for COVID-19 preparedness

CDC: Getting your household ready for COVID-19

CDPHE Environmental Cleaning Guidance for COVID-19 –

People who are not sick do not need face masks to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. Anyone feeling ill should wear a mask to protect family members or in any scenario where needed to prevent the spread of germs.

Higher-risk people

Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, including:

Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80.

People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.

Older people with chronic medical conditions are at the highest risk.

People at higher risk should take action now to be prepared for this virus if there is an outbreak in their community. CDC has the information you need to prepare.

Everyone’s daily preventive actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness.

Colorado Hotline for COVID-19 Questions: CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at for answers in English.