Currently, Scott firefighters disinfect stations multiple times a day, and emergency units upon returning to the station from emergency incidents, in an effort to minimize the chances of firefighters from coming into contact with deadly bacteria, viruses and other harmful pathogens.
While conducting research on the best practices to protect firefighters and civilians, Scott Fire Department officials learned from reports published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that ultraviolet (UV) light lamps deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses,and other harmful pathogens with a 99.9% sterilization rate, while remaining harmless to humans.
Recently, Scott Fire Department submitted a grant application to FEMA to obtain 20 UV sterilization lamps, which will be placed inside of high occupancy areasaround our public safety complex, fire stations, City Hall and Council chambers. Additionally, in the grant submission, we requested 5 UV sterilization wands which will be utilized to decontaminate fire and police units and equipment after returning for emergency incidents, keyboards, phones, door handles, incoming mail, and other items which may pose a threat to emergency personnel.
On Friday (2/19/21) SFD received confirmation that the grant was awarded.
This award would provide Scott emergency responders, City Hall workers and civilians who attend meetings or conduct business at City Hall the equipment to stop the spread of bacteria, viruses and other harmful pathogens.
Just another way of SFD protecting other employees and citizens of Scott.