Advancing the EMS profession

Equipment and Supplies

EMS practitioners may encounter a patient with an infectious disease or respond to a pandemic during their career. The resources below have been posted to help EMS practitioners protect themselves and their patients against infectious disease and further spread.




PPE  IAFC Fire & EMS Force Protection PPE Needs Dashboard 

Dashboard displaying the results of the IAFC Fire & EMS Force Protection PPE Needs Survey. 

PPE  Reusable Personal Protective Equipment 

ASPR and FEMA-published fact sheet on reusable personal protective equipment (PPE),  providing suggestions for cost-effective preservation of PPE. 

PPE Filtering Facepiece Respirators with an Exhalation Value: Measurements of Filtration Efficiency to Evaluate Their Potential for the Source Control  

The technical report summarizes research undertaken by the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) to provide improved science-based recommendations on the use of filtering facepieces respirators (FFRs) with an exhalation valve.

PPE  Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs)  CDC guidance on disposable filtering facepiece respirators decontamination and reuse as standard of care.