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Posted: Apr 1, 2020

Colorado fire department says it’s developed a way to sterilize, reuse N95 masks amid shortage

VIDEO: N95 masks are ideally single-use, which contributes to the shortage felt by first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why one southern Colorado fire department sought out a way to extend the life of each mask. South Fork Fire Rescue in the San Luis Valley says it's developed a way to safely reuse a mask up to 10 times.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRDO-TV ABC 13 Colorado Springs
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Posted: Apr 1, 2020

Ambulances from across U.S. to aid heavily-burdened FDNY EMS system amid coronavirus crisis

A partnership between FEMA and New York City is aiming to bring aid to an overburdened FDNY EMS system that has received an “unprecedented” influx of calls due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Mayor Bill de Blasio, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell and FEMA Region II Administrator Tom Van Essen announced the partnership, which will bring more than 250 ambulances and approximately 500 more EMTs to the city.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SILive.com
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Posted: Apr 1, 2020

Police, fire departments in Massachusetts town employ new weapon against spread of coronavirus

The police and fire departments have gone full Star Wars on battling the coronavirus. Cops and firefighters are using electrostatic guns to disinfect cruisers, cells, fire apparatus and equipment. “It looks like something out of Star Wars,” Police Chief Brian Clark said Tuesday, adding that the gun quickly and evenly coats a surface with a chlorine solution.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sun Chronicle
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Posted: Apr 1, 2020

Michigan lawmaker floats income tax holiday for first responders, hospital workers

As lawmakers prepare a fourth round of stimulus relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a Michigan lawmaker plans to introduce a bill this week calling for a federal income tax holiday for doctors, nurses and first responders. Rep. Bill Huizenga, a Zeeland Republican, said the proposed tax holiday for three months is modeled after how the federal government excludes income taxes from members of the military serving on the front lines in combat zones.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Detroit News
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Posted: Apr 1, 2020

1st responders line up outside California hospital to honor doctors, nurses, staff amid coronavirus outbreak

VIDEO: A group of first responders in Palmdale expressed their appreciation to those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic Monday night. The salute to doctors, nurses and medical staff at Palmdale Regional Medical Center took place around 7:30 p.m., coinciding with the setting sun, according to a post on the Palmdale sheriff’s staton’s Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
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