Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District (Fire District) personnel are preparing for the possibility that COVID-19 infected patients may call 911, or come to the fire station to request medical assistance or ambulance transport to the hospital. The Fire District has recently provided enhanced training for its emergency responders on appropriate infection control measures including, personal protective equipment and safe work practices. The Fire District has also made some operational changes to protect emergency responders. When firefighter/paramedics respond to 911 calls for patients with flu like symptoms, they will take extra precautions including wearing a protective mask and gown, or similar protective clothing. The extra precautions are designed to protect firefighter/paramedics from contracting the flu or other viruses like COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to call their primary care Dr. if they are experiencing Flu like symptoms. The Fire District has full staffing at this time and continues to respond to fire and medical emergencies. The Fire District has stopped providing public education programs and some fire prevention programs. Fire Safety Manager Doug Green is still working on Wednesdays, but may be working remotely.
At this time, our office and staff are prioritizing their responsibilities to support Oregon COVID-19 response, and we are practicing procedures to protect the public and our workforce. As such, the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District office is open for business, but the lobby at the main fire station is locked 24/7. If you need to come to the fire station, patients and visitors should use the info bell to the right of the main door to request assistance. If your business can be handled via the telephone, please contact us at 541-549-0771 during normal business hours, or visit our website at www.www.sistersfire.com.
The Fire District encourages community members to follow the CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.