North Metro Fire Rescue District’s administrative offices and Training Center will be closed, beginning Friday, March 20. Along with many organizations and public safety agencies, we feel this is the right decision to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). While our administration building and Training Center will be closed, staff will work remotely in order to maintain essential operations and provide service to our community. We will still be able to support customer and resident needs by phone and email.
We do not have a set date for reopening our offices, but we encourage you to follow us on social media and our website for the latest updates. As a fire district, our mission, first and foremost, is to protect our community. We have already adopted numerous emergency response protocols to protect our residents and first responders from exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, the fire district has already suspended all external events and nonessential activities for 30 days, including community events, fire station and engine tours, car seat checks, blood pressure checks, ride-alongs, public education programs, etc. Closing our offices and further practicing social distancing is the next step in our plan, as we aim to be part of the bigger solution to fight the spread of COVID-19.
We encourage you to do your part and be a part of the solution as well:
- Practice social distancing – Avoid crowded places or gatherings of 10 or more people, and maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and others.
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands.
- If you begin to feel sick:
- Isolate yourself from others. Call your primary care physician if you begin experiencing a fever, coughing and/or shortness of breath. Your primary care physician should be the first person you call at the onset of symptoms, not 911.
- Those with mild symptoms are advised to isolate themselves at home. There is no medical treatment for COVID-19, and most people will recover from the virus on their own under the guidance of their primary care physician.
- Our hospital systems are currently overwhelmed and will only admit patients with serious health conditions. Just because you go to a healthcare facility does not mean you will be tested for COVID-19. You must meet certain criteria before qualifying for testing.
- If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Please notify dispatch if you have any cold, flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms. If you are NOT experiencing a serious medical emergency, you will be assessed and cared for by a North Metro paramedic but may be advised to stay at home and follow up with your primary care physician. Emergency transports will be reserved for those experiencing serious medical conditions. Our emergency responders do not provide COVID-19 testing.
We know this is a time of uncertainty, and we want to reassure you that we are here for you and will continue to deliver the best emergency care possible. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please call the CO Help Line at 303-389-1687. Additional information and guidelines can be found on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov) as well as the State of Colorado’s own COVID-19 website (https://covid19.colorado.gov/).