As the Beavercreek Township Fire Department serves you during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve had to make some changes to maintain our high levels of care while protecting the first responders. We’re sharing this information so that you know what to expect if you need to call 9-1-1 for an emergency during the next several weeks.
- When you call 9-1-1 to report an emergency, you will be asked questions about whether you, or someone at your address, has a fever, cough, or trouble breathing. They may also ask if you’ve been in contact with someone who has had a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19).
- It is important for the first responders’ safety to answer these questions honestly. Your answers won’t change whether we respond-only what we’ll be wearing once we get there.
If you answer yes to all of those questions, we may ask you to meet the first responders outside your front door. This will limit the exposure for the responders and help us preserve our personal protective equipment (PPE) if possible.
- Depending on your emergency, we may send a fire engine with the ambulance. If so, you’ll probably see most of the crew wait outside with additional equipment. They’re there if necessary, but again, by waiting outside they limit their exposure to the virus.
- The first responders may be wearing different levels of personal protective equipment, from gloves, mask, and eye protection to protective suits and respirators.
- If you’re experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, we may put a mask on you to help prevent spreading the virus.
- Unfortunately, family members will not be allowed to accompany the patient in the ambulance. Special exceptions may be made for the parents of a minor, or similar situations.
The fire department, with the County Public Health Department, is closely monitoring the spread of the virus and may make additional changes to continue providing the high level of service you expect.
If you have any questions regarding fire department operations or the coronavirus, please call the Administration Office at 937-426-1213.