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What is covered here:

  • What PPE to use on calls

  • When to use PPE

  • SDFD PPE Guidelines

  • PPE Donning and Doffing procedures

  • Resupply and Scene Replacement of PPE

IMPORTANT: We currently have limited PPE supplies for crews, so please limit number of personnel exposed on call.


What PPE to Use on Potential COVID-19 Patients include:

  • Eye Protection 

  • Gloves and a N95 or N100 mask

  • Protective Gowns


NOTE: Gown supply is limited, so please only utilize gowns in the event of treatment of confirmed COVID-19 patient, or highly suspected COVID-19 patient

REMEMBER: Please always bring extra sets of uniforms to your shifts.


AMR Paramedic Should Make First Contact with Patient in PPE

  • If SDFD engine and AMR Ambulance arrives at the same time, only the AMR Paramedic should don the appropriate COVID-19 PPE and make the initial patient contact

  • If your patient is able to safely ambulate to their door, have all crew personnel remain outside. The paramedic should hand a surgical mask to the patient and have them place it onto their face

COVID-19 Donning and Doffing Procedure (updated)


SDFD COVID-19-PPE-Guidelines (very important document to read)

SDFD EMS has provided a very comprehensive set of guidelines for crews to follow, to protect themselves and their patients from contact of COVID-19 Virus.

IMPORTANT: It is imperative that you take the time to review this document as a crew and be intimately familiar with the content of this Guide and have it handy if you should need to refer to it later.

SDFD-COVID-19-PPE-Guidelines-3-18-2020 CLICK HERE




  • ​SDFD EMS has provided an CDC illustrated guide for crews on the proper donning and doffing of their PPE to limit your accidental exposure to contaminants. 

    REMEMBER:  You don't get second chances with exposures. So please take a moment to re-familiarize yourself with these procedures.

CDC-PPE-Donning-and-Doffing-Guide-3-10-2020 CLICK HERE


Donnng and Doffing (Video)

COVID-19 Donning & Doffing Techniques (updated)

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