November 5, 2014
Ebola Virus: On October 10, 2014 the Union met with Management, F.D.N.Y Doctors and the Commissioners office to discuss our concerns and working together to address current and future policy. We discussed the lack of distribution of the current policy, additional education, training and appropriate personal protection equipment. Management was very receptive to our concerns. They agreed to have haz-mat units first recommended to these particular call types. These members are highly trained in donning and doffing of P.P.E and decontamination. The department will supply additional training and isolation suits to all members in the field or where appropriate. Our policies will be updated as additional information is received. The department has made a request for a second pair of bunker gear with the city. The department has ordered 100 non-contact infrared thermometer (temperature gun).