With the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across the country and here in Tennessee, Three Star Volunteer Fire Department is taking steps to limit the reach of the virus in our community. Although face masks are not mandated in Tipton County, Three Star will continue to take universal precautions on each EMS call.
To keep our residents, our staff and our firefighters safe, we will continue with current protocols to help prevent exposure when our crews respond to emergency calls. We may not look the same when we show up at your door, but our commitment to your health and safety has not changed. If we are dispatched to a residence where it is known to be a postive COVID-19 patient, our First Responders will be wearing N-95 mask, gloves, goggles and full face shield.
If we do not know if patient is postive, a single First Responders will approach your residence and will first ask a series of questions from at least 6' away. This First Responder will then make an assessment of the patient and determine next appropriate actions. If answering yes to any of the questions asked or if in his/her assessment determines it is possible that the patient could be infected with virus, either the First Responder will take all appropriate actions him/herself or request other First Responders to don full PPE and render assistance. Rest assure your needs will be met at all times and no patient will be left alone at any time.
WHAT IS THIS VIRUS?
HOW IT SPREADS:
UPDATE TO RESTRICTIONS
- We know that this outbreak will have a huge impact on our community. Our top priority is ensuring that we take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus as we continue to respond to your calls for help.
- Three Star Volunteer Fire Department will NOT be participating in or hosting community events, and other nonessential activities. Our annual BBQ Dinner and Boston Butt sale has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
- Upcoming meetings will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Requests for smoke detectors and address signs are still being accepted. Installation of smoke detectors will be slightly delayed.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The best defense is pretty simple.
Wash your hands: Grab the soap and water, and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect: Use cleaning sprays or wipes to clean the areas where you work or places where the family gathers, like the kitchen or family room.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth: Don't touch your face to minimize the spread of germs.
If you're sick- stay home: Don't carry whatever you have to work or to the nieghbor's house or the store.
Call your doctor: If you do have flu like symptoms call your primary care physician prior to calling 911.
- No requests for supplies can be accomodated due to nation-wide shortages. Three Star supplies are backordered and in short supply.