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COVID-19 Update April 3, 2020

posted Apr 3, 2020, 11:00 AM by Rod Topel   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 11:11 AM ]

Currently we are still able to respond as normal to your requests for emergency services.  There has yet to occur any COVID related issues that decrease staffing levels or response ability here at SWFA.  We are continuing internal measures to maintain wellness of our responders, and our responders are equipped with all necessary personal protection equipment to protect them when they respond. 

Yesterday, SWFA experienced a new first and held our first public meeting in a virtual online format that was also available for our public to attend and listen.  During this meeting, our Commissioners took further steps to ensure that our operational abilities have the capability of continuing should this pandemic emergency worsen.  They adopted a resolution declaring a state of emergency that allows for quick response actions should the need occur, a resolution that allows our continued ability to pay our bills and payroll should a normal commission meeting be unable to occur due to the pandemic, and they passed a resolution that allows them to sign their necessary public documents electronically which meets the Governor's orders for that all public meetings be held virtually.

I truly believe that these next few weeks are still very important towards minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please contribute to your community by following the Governor’s orders and requests as well as those from our State Department of Health that are put in place to slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus.  These actions are necessary to maintain essential services from being overwhelmed.  By flattening the curve, we can improve our outcome through this very stressful time for all.  I am placing a link to an article that I believe helps us all understand that these efforts have tangible results.  https://news.yahoo.com/flattening-the-curve-on-coronavirus-what-california-and-washington-can-teach-the-world-130405639.html

I still encourage everyone to visit https://whatcomcovid.com/ where you will find information from the Whatcom Unified Command efforts as well as links to Centers of Disease Control, State Health Department and Whatcom County Health Department as well as other COVID 19 related proclamations and updates.

These next weeks are very important in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please contribute to your community by following the Governor’s orders and requests.

Rod Topel, Fire Chief South Whatcom Fire Authority

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