We are asking all affiliates to complete our COVID-19 tracking survey for reporting the number of IAFF members/fire-EMS personnel in your local/fire department who have tested positive for coronavirus or have been quarantined or in isolation.
April 8 – The following hotels are offering special rates and discounts to healthcare workers, including fire fighters and emergency medical personnel, who are on the frontlines in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and may need a place to stay close to their work location or to self-quarantine away from their homes and families to protect their loved ones.
The Warriors Research Institute (WRI) – run by IAFF Behavioral Health partner Dr. Suzy Gulliver – is offering telemental health services at no cost to all IAFF members in the United States. Learn more here.
April 7 – Public Assistance grants are available to support organizations with extraordinary costs associated with this event, including:
- Overtime or personnel backfill cost
- Expendable supplies, such as disinfectants, medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) (masks, gloves and gowns)
- Apparatus usage
April 6 – This episode of The Kitchen Table addresses many of the legal considerations and responsibilities affiliates need to know to conduct your union business during this COVID-19 crisis.
New video: COVID-19: The IAFF Has Your Back
April 2 – IAFF announces guidance on Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 1 – The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has relaxed some requirements, allowing fire departments to:
- Transport patients to alternative destinations, such as urgent care, community mental health facilities, physician’s offices and patient’s homes
- Submit for reimbursement to CMS for the transport the same way as if transported to the hospital
- Provide telehealth services through a contracted physician to assist with treat and release with no transport
- Fire departments cannot bill for telehealth services directly but can arrange with the providing doctor. This is also a good way to lessen the burden on 9-1-1 call volume
March 31 – The IAFF has developed checklists for decontaminating apparatus after a potential exposure and cleaning stations during this pandemic.
March 30 – Watch this video message from General President Harold Schaitberger on how the IAFF is working to secure the tools and resources you need to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.