We’ve been speculating and hearing a lot of info about changes on extended incidents due to COVID-19 the last few months. Those of you up on the Gold and Hog, any first hand facts to share with the rest of us?
They have a thermal imaging camera in trailer that you walk through to check your temp really pretty quick. Masks required through that temp check point. This is all on the hog!
wear masks, social distance, food in to go containers. only send 1 person into check in, finance etc
Eating tables are every other seat. And briefing is spaced out (roughly) every 6 feet.
SCU-Crews put all engines and single resources in hotels. Crews were put at closest camp to the incident. Only one person sent to briefing. Briefing was also broadcasted on vtac14 for everyone to hear. It seemed to work out pretty well. Make sure you put a covid bag on your apparatus (masks, sanitizer, wipes).
I like everyone else have seen big change. The situation as we know is evolving, and I applaud the professionalism displayed at camp. The fire season is a challenge without Covid, as always the fire service is constantly having to adapt, and getting the job done.
For fed fires one of the biggest changes you will see is no tent eating area. All food will be served in clamshells and either delivered to a designated spot or picked up by a single person for each “unit”.
All beverages will be poured and handed out by the caterer staff. No personal cups for coffee or other beverages. For larger units like a hotshot crew or strike team, you may be able to get a hot beverage container for a larger quantity of coffee, but that’s up to the food unit leader and some won’t do it.
In my opinion, not enough was done.
One of the main problems I saw were the continued use of trailers for the team members. 10 people in a trailer with no ventilation for 2 weeks? We should be using some sort of open air tents that allow for actual distancing, with big fans for ventilation.
Also, masks were not worn consistently inside the trailers.
Hog fire , In the team trailers and at breakouts on/off the line …To many people congregating to close together with no masks on . Not all stalls in shower trailer had soap dispensers . As the incident grew things slowly got better . Temps checks and lots of hand sanitizer was a plus .
Been on two incidents now and the bottom line is it takes time to get the covid guidelines in place at the beginning of an incident. Hardly any the first day or two and as supplies trickle in, the guidelines start to fall into place. On both incidents it took a good 5 days to really start to see eveything fall into place. When you go to an incident, you need to plan on having some of your own supplies to get you through the first few days like masks, hand sanitizer…things like that to take care of yourself. Just takes some patience and the ability to watch out for yourself until things get ramped up.
As the season goes on you will see the COVID precautions starting in base camps earlier as we are figuring everything out and adding those supplies to our kits for the initial set up before everything arrives. But it is good for everyone to have those things on hand from the get go