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COVID-19 Update April 10, 2020

posted Apr 10, 2020, 10:51 AM by Rod Topel   [ updated Apr 10, 2020, 10:54 AM ]
The good news for South Whatcom Fire Authority and their communities that we serve is that as of today, SWFA still has had no impacts to our staffing or response due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  SWFA continues its facility security practices of being closed to the public and continued screenings of personnel prior to allowing them to work shifts.  Our PPE supply is still adequate to meet demands and we continue to receive our PPE supplies through our vendors, but we must incorporate additional time to receive.  This requires us to pre-order based on an anticipated need, and we are doing that currently.  Items that we are struggling obtaining are similar to those that our community is experiencing, and that is for normal household disinfectant wipes.  We have alternatives that we can create, so rest assured our facilities will continue to be disinfected multiple times per day.

I would like to take an opportunity to sincerely thank the community not just for their support of first responders and health care workers during this time period, but more importantly the general attitude of doing your part in limiting the spread of this virus.  Staying at home and social distancing has been our primary means of limiting the spread, and early indications are that this is working.  Your efforts in the community to practice social distancing is amazing and in my opinion the real tribute to health care workers.  These efforts are resulting in allowing our institutions to not be overwhelmed such as what we see in other regions of our Country.  I fully admire the unity we have as a community to be considerate of our neighbors as well as our civic responsibility despite the challenges the imposed shut down has on us.  Thank you.

In the next few weeks, the social distancing measures will become even more challenging for many.  It is important to hold the course.  Like many of you, I read updates every day as to the progress medical science is making in treating those that are ill.  I want to remind everyone that flattening the curve is intended to "buy time" for our medical research professionals to develop these treatments.  With that, I still encourage all not to diminish their vigilance to the presence of the virus.   We all still need to practice our social distancing, wash our hands regularly, and stay home when possible. 

Thank you again, be well, and be safe.

Rod Topel, Fire Chief