Bed Bug Prevention in a Fire DepartmentPresentation Transcript
“ Bed Bug Prevention in
a Fire Department”
Tammy Sheaks Jackson Township Fire Department
Fire Departments Are Still Making the News
Not just for putting out fires
But, for having bed bug-infested stations
How would your community react?
House fires don’t always kill bed bugs.
Spraying water on bunker gear at a fire scene does not kill bed bugs!
“ THE BEST DEFENSE” KNOW THE ENEMY
Chief Sheets decides to be proactive , and mandates a new policy requiring all employees to receive bed bug training.
“ BE PROACTIVE ”
Use the training PowerPoint on the CentralOhioBedBugs.org website
Customize the PowerPoint to your Department…
Add your own slides or photos
List locations of known infestations
It is designed to help overcome……..
“ Firefighter Indifference”
Training may also help prevent….
“ The Lieutenant’s Bunk”
with all stages of the bed bug life cycle
“ Implement a Procedural Change ”
And, possible exposures
Jackson Township Fire Department Bed Bug Directive
In light of recent increase in bed bug activity in our community we are going to implement a procedural change immediately . This directive comes at the recommendation of the Franklin County Board of Health to help prevent the spread of bed bugs. I understand that this change may be an inconvenience, however, it is being implemented to limit your and your family’s exposure to this growing problem.
Fabric, wood, cardboard or any other material is prohibited on the floor.
Any items not in plastic tubs will be removed and taken to the bay to be reclaimed, or discarded.
“ Specially Designed Mattress Protectors Impermeable to Bed Bugs”
Every Monday, bunkrooms shall be thoroughly cleaned, swept, and dusted, including under beds, and baseboards.
If bed bugs should be found, all bunkroom drapes shall be taken down and washed and dried thoroughly.
Disposable shoe covers shall be worn by all EMS/Fire personnel at known locations of infestations. These shoe covers will be removed, placed in sealed plastic bags, before entering another facility.
Dryer racks have been added to the station dryers.
EMS crews shall alert hospital staff if the patient is coming from an infested location.
JTFD - Mission Statement
Our Mission is to prevent fires, promote health and safety, provide emergency medical services, protect life and property from fires, hazardous materials, and hostile acts of nature. Department members are committed to serve the public with professionalism, integrity, teamwork, and a never-ending quest to improve services.
We Are Improving Our Services By:
And, Possible Exposures
What Does Your Department
Mission Statement Mean to You?
Tammy Sheaks CFSI, FPI Jackson Township Fire Department Grove City, Ohio [email_address] (614) 875-5588