Friday, April 13, 2020
To the residents of Bellevue and Dayton:
With everything that is going on with Covid19 and the uncertainty of it, I wanted to take a moment to reassure you all that the men and women of FDBD are still on duty 24/7 to protect the citizens of these two cities. We have changed how we are responding to certain emergencies, in order to protect you and us. If we are dispatched for someone that could potentially be ill, we will be attempting to get as much information as possible using the “front door” approach. This means we will attempt, if possible, to use the 6’ “social distancing” to assess the scene/situation before committing our personnel to come into your residence/business. We will ask you to put on a surgical mask. We could potentially be wearing a mask, protective eyewear, and a gown. But we will not delay treatment if someone is in distress. If you call 911, you will be asked some questions by the dispatcher and that dispatcher will relay that information to us. Again, this will NOT delay our treatment.
There are things that you can do to protect yourself and limit the possibility of exposure. First and foremost WASH YOUR HANDS, frequently. This simple act can greatly reduce any exposure risk. Utilize the 6’ social distancing. This illness is droplet-based and maintaining that distance will assist in the prevention of exposure. There are several other things that you can do on your own to potentially avoid being exposed to this illness. The following websites that we use for guidance can give you more advice.
You can also call the state Covid19 hotline…..1-800-722-5725.
These are resources at your disposal that can give you the most up to date information. This is a fluid event that is changing frequently. Do your due diligence and be informed with accurate information, and know that FDBD will be responding to all emergencies in the cities as we always have.