On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Frederick-Firestone Fire District (FFFD) Chief Jeremy A. Young, the principal executive officer of the District issued a Declaration of a Local Disaster Emergency. This declaration is one of the first steps in ensuring the Fire District is prepared to take proactive measures during the escalating event of the acute respiratory syndrome 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) global pandemic.
The risks posed by this threat require FFFD to prepare its emergency response personnel and services as necessary to respond to the potentially rapid and severe spread of COVID-19 within its jurisdiction, the County of Weld, and the State of Colorado, and to coordinate its response with other State and local emergency response agencies and other governmental entities, in order to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and to recover from this local disaster emergency.
During the District’s Special Board meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the FFFD’s Board of Directors chose to extend the declaration until the end of the COVID-19 local disaster emergency pandemic. The Board of Directors also passed Resolution 2020-003, which allows FFFD the capability to conduct its regular and special public meetings through electronic communication systems allowing the public to access and hear their meetings.
The Board of Directors have determined by conducting its regular and special meetings in a physical location increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to Board members, Chief Staff and District members, including public who attend the meetings, and is contrary to the District’s purpose of protecting the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and personnel.
The FFFD is working to ensure that all personnel are prepared during this time and the well-being of our citizens remain the top priority. If you have any questions, please contact us at 303.833.2742. For information on and accurate facts, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).