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COVID-19 Survival Guide and Road Map for Fire and EMS Chiefs

To address the impact of COVID-19 on the Fire/Rescue Industry, ESCI has developed an Agency Sustainability Evaluation and Gap Analysis to assess where your fire or EMS agency stands in the light of the new COVID-19 reality. Our analysis focuses on financial, operational, and administrative needs, sustainability, and gaps that will occur over the next 24 months.

The final report is designed to serve as a Survival Guide and Road Map for Fire and EMS Chiefssetting the course for fire and EMS COVID-19 management and recovery.

ESCI’s study takes a “snapshot in time” of your organization, reviews your financial survivability, response performance and administrative programs in detail, and compares the conditions found to national standards, best practices, and the experience of ESCI consultants, providing specific guidance in the light of COVID-19.

Please contact us today. We will help you through these challenging times.

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CDC-Compliant Pandemic Back To Work Plan or Annex

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Virtual Public Safety Testing

Entrance Exams—ESCI now offers entry-level aptitude tests for fire and police applicants, respectively. If you are interested, we will send you a confidentiality agreement, an agreement for your applicants to sign, and then they can take the test from their home and other remote locations. The exams are proctored and secure. Many large jurisdictions are already using paper-and-pencil forms of these exams, such as Prince Georges County, MD, Maricopa County, AZ, and Loudoun County, VA. They are happy with the exam and feel it is providing them with diverse and qualified candidates.

Promotional Exams—ESCI now offers a wide selection of off-the-shelf promotional exams that can be administered by paper-and-pencil or on a computer in an offsite location. We offer Fire/Rescue exams such as Driver Engineer, Company Officer, Suppression Lieutenant, Suppression Captain, and Chief-level multiple-choice exams along with law enforcement/corrections exams including Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. If you are interested, we will review source material and specific administration methodology for your Department.

Please contact Dr. Cassi Fields, VP of ESCI, and she will set you up right away with your exams. She can be reached at 703-508-6772.


Staffing and Operational Assessments for SAFER and AFG Grants

The Staffing Needs Assessment is a focused analysis of the fire department’s current staffing deployment configuration, followed by a review and assessment of current service demand, response performance, and resource deployment. Based on that information, ESCI develops Staffing Observations, Options, and Recommendations, based on national standards and industry best practices. The project concludes with strategies intended to place the organization in a position to serve its demand and risk successfully.


iCHIEFS Podcast: COVID-19 Series

COVID-19: Challenges Facing Volunteer Fire Departments

While COVID-19 continues to impact all fire and emergency service agencies, it presents unique challenges for volunteer fire departments, especially when it comes to staffing, equipment, training, and finances.

In this latest installment, Chief Kevin Cooney, South Windsor (CT) Fire Department, and Deputy Chief Edward Rush, Elmsford (NY) Volunteer Fire Department join us to discuss:

    • Operational and staffing challenges
    • The impact on budgets and fundraising activities
    • Recruitment and retention
    • Lessons learned and how to apply those moving forward
    • Strategies for economic recovery

COVID-19: The View from New York

iCHIEFS_ep12_300x250_covid19.pngFire and EMS personnel are confronting first-hand the impacts of COVID-19 every day. Nowhere has the scale of COVID-19 been felt more significantly than in New York.

In the latest installment of iCHIEFS podcasts, we're joined by Chief of Special Operations John Esposito with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Chief Esposito shares the unique perspective of dealing with the pandemic on a mass scale and lessons learned that could help other communities and departments.

COVID-19: Lessons From The Streets

Fire and EMS personnel are confronting first-hand the impacts of COVID-19 every day. In addition to providing response and care to those impacted by the virus, these responders also are dealing with the challenges of ensuring their own health and safety and those of their crews.

In “COVID-19: Lessons from the Streets,” we talk with the men and women on the front lines about the challenges of dealing with this large-scale and unprecedented pandemic. In this episode, we're joined by Lieutenant Sue Stangl and Firefighter/911 Dispatcher Hilton Almond with the Seattle (Washington) Fire Department as they address:

    1. Impacts on their community, workforce, and deployment
    2. Operational changes and innovation
    3. What other responders need to know to prepare

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating a rapidly changing environment for public safety agencies. What steps should fire chiefs take for planning and response to the pandemic?  How do you maintain continuity of operations while also ensuring the health and safety of your responders?

Listen as Jonathan Greene, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of Emergency Management and Operations at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Chief John Sinclair, IAFC's Coronavirus Task Force Chair and discuss:

    • How long should fire and EMS agencies be planning in terms of impact
    • Best practices for fire and EMS agencies to effectively and safely take care of the public and personnel
    • Recommendations from the IAFC's Guide for Coronavirus Planning and Response

For additional tools and updates, visit the IAFC Coronavirus Resources page.

NFIRS COVID-19 Special Study

The U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) collects data about the fire service in the U.S. With such a dynamic environment, major changes can occur rapidly.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a national emergency declaration and is impacting the nation’s fire service.  As a result, NFIRS is implementing a national-level special study in NFIRS to assist fire departments in recording responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in a nationally consistent manner. The special study will document fire department calls to suspected or confirmed incidents involving the sudden and nationwide spread of COVID-19, and recommends the use of the Fire Service Casualty Module to accurately record suspected or confirmed exposures.

The USFA NFIRS 5.0 specification allows for special studies such as this one to be set up at any time in the NFIRS online system by those who participate in NFIRS data reporting. The USFA has notified third-party vendors to assist them in implementing the study in their products. Guidance for the Special Study in NFIRS can be found here.

Questions about NFIRS and incident coding should be directed to the NFIRS Support Center: