Apparel, Hygiene and PPE

When you join the squad, you should be given the following apparel:

  • Fire/Rescue T-Shirt
  • Rescue Hoodie/Sweater
  • Rescue Jacket

You can purchase additional T-shirts or apparel through the local clothes printing stores (Aropa Design or On Time Tees).

You should always where identifiable clothing when responding to calls, especially if you are new and/or responding to the scene.  Most calls do have an officer on scene and without proper identification, and without knowing you, they may be hesitant to allow you to enter or access a scene.

Additionally, consider your overall appearance when responding to a call.  You should be well groomed wearing clothes that are in good condition (that are absent of blood/bodily fluids), and not wearing excessive cologne/perfume.  You should also be sure to dress for the weather.  In winter, you may be outside for a motor vehicle accident, or in Grandma’s house which is currently set to 85 degrees F. In summer, you may be outside in the heat or in a nice air conditioned house.

On scene, you should at least have tennis shoes one.  No open toed shoes should be worn.  Shorts are acceptable, however keep in mind that you may kneel in something on scenes and there would be nothing between you and that unknown substance.  It is highly recommended to be wearing pants that cover your legs; it is also recommend to invest in a pair of EMS pants and boots, but not required.

Communal Turn Out Gear

For a motor vehicle accident, you are required to wear turn out gear.  Once you complete your probationary period, you will be given a complete set of turn out gear.  Until that time, you can use the communal turn out gear, which is located by the Rubbermaid container housing the LUCAS device behind the Fire Department Tenders.

There should also be a set of gear located in each of the trucks, in the compartment on the driver side, at the rear of the vehicle.

PPE in Ambulances

Some calls will require or at the least warrant additional PPE.  This could include calls where C-DIF or MRSA is present, where a patient has an upper respiratory disease or is coughing/sneezing, working a code where bodily fluids are being excreted, or messing calls such as a childbirth situation.  Additional PPE is located in each of the ambulance, and includes masks, eye protection, and more.  On scene at some of the elderly care facilities, additional PPE may be available for specific patients, especially when dealing with resistant bacteria.

If you are using additional PPE, ensure that you are adequately cleaning the ambulance after the call and work to protect yourself during the call.  Do a thorough cleaning at the hospital before returning while still wearing PPE.  If you are the driver, make sure to remove your PPE before entering the cab of the ambulance.