Health & Safety: Safety Messages

April 28th, 2009

Safety Message #01 Swine Flu

On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated, "Really that's what we're doing right now. We're preparing in an environment where we don't really know ultimately what the size or seriousness of this outbreak is going to be."

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated, "If you have a cough or sore throat, stay home. Do not go to work or school."

Given the potential for a health crisis arising from the Swine Flu pandemic, it is imperative that UFA Members properly protect themselves and their families by observing the following:

1. Follow all recommended safeguards when responding. Members should always wear gloves and an N 95 respirator mask when responding to any medical emergency - do not respond unless you have that equipment.

2. Immediately after patient contact on ALL CFR-D responses, all members should immediately return to quarters to take appropriate measures to decontaminate yourself and your equipment and properly wash your hands before returning to service. The CDC has made clear that keeping your hands clean is extremely important in avoiding Swine Flu.

3. Make sure that if you exhibit signs or symptoms of the flu that you seek proper medical attention.


Stephen J. Cassidy

William Romaka
Sergeant-at-Arms / Health & Safety Officer