NPSTC Group Offers EMS COVID-19 Checklist
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | Comments

The National Public Safety Technology Council (NPSTC) Joint Working Group on EMS Communications and Technology released a comprehensive COVID-19 checklist to guide EMS agencies and communications centers as they plan their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The checklist was created as a Word document to allow public-safety agencies flexibility to add, delete or modify each recommendation based on their operational needs. The working group acknowledged that every EMS agency is unique, and portions of this guidance may not be applicable to a particular agency.

The document is organized across 14 sections that contain COVID-19 readiness checklists for both operational and administrative issues. The appendix contains links to official information, policies from other agencies, and manufacturer cleaning recommendations for radio communications equipment and smart devices.

Checklist items were gathered from multiple fire departments and EMS agencies that are dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Wherever possible, links have been provided to sites that contain official information.

The checklist is a summary of the working group discussions and is therefore not an official position of either the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) or NPSTC, which provided joint sponsorship.

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