Our members are committed to remaining safe and keeping you safe in these unusual and unprecedented times.
As fire chief, I am not requiring Fire-Rescue personnel to wear masks while not on emergency calls. I am, however, following Governor Greg Abbott’s stance of encouraging but not mandating the wearing of masks in public.
I have taken the CDC’s current guidance on community exposure into account in this decision. This guidance describes exposures to be serious when an individual has close contact (less than 6 feet) for a prolonged period of time (between 10 and 30 minutes) with an infected individual. We understand this criteria and are committed to our continued safe distancing practices. It is imperative that we keep our limited supply of masks for emergency calls.
In addition, we remain vigilant in our hand-washing, use of hand sanitizer, and in the cleaning of our apparatus, stations, and equipment. While responding to medical emergencies, our personnel will be in the protective equipment mandated and necessary to keep themselves and their patients as safe as possible.
I consult our medical experts, the CDC, and our medical director regularly and remain alert to any protective and proactive measures Fire-Rescue personnel should require. Please trust that your well-being is a priority.