Santa Rosa Fire  & COVID-19 Response 

The Santa Rosa Fire Department remains committed to providing emergency response and life-safety services while protecting the health of residents and employees amid this public health emergency. That is why Santa Rosa Fire is taking the following precautions for your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of first responders: 

  • All personnel at each fire station have their temperature taken twice a day.
  • High-contact surfaces are disinfected three times a day, and the entire fire station is disinfected just prior to the beginning of each shift.
  • Personnel stagger activities and maintain a six-foot distance, when possible.
  • Personnel wear N95 masks on ALL medical calls for service, not just flu calls.
  • Personnel can now only work at the same station for each shift as of April 4. There’s no movement between stations to fill vacancies as was previously typical.
  • Administration staff and Chief Officers are primarily working remotely and only have one member in the office at a time.
  • The Fire Prevention Team has been broken into two shifts to limit the number of staff in the same work environment at one time.

COVID -19 Testing Updates for Employees of the Santa Rosa Fire Department

As of May 27, 2020, 17 Santa Rosa Fire employees have been tested COVID-19. 

  • Of the 17 employees tested:
    • 16 negative
    • 0 awaiting results
    • 1 positive
      • 1 recovered
  • Total employees on quarantine*: 0
  • Total number of employees released back to work: 24

*Quarantine also includes the number of employees that are ill, awaiting test results, or symptoms to be resolved for 72 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last Updated April 16, 2020 @ 11:30 am.

Can I still call 9-1-1, if I have a problem?

Yes. While staffing models and protocols have adjusted to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there will always be dispatchers to answer 9-1-1 calls and personnel to respond to priority calls for service.

Will the Fire Department still come to my home, if I need assistance?

  • Yes. If you think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, notify the call-taker immediately so dispatchers can better inform responders how to take care of you and protect themselves from exposure.
  • Patients are asked to come out of their home or to their doorway if they are able.
  • Be prepared to answer a few questions about your symptoms and possible exposure to coronavirus.

What is SRFD doing to slow the spread of the coronavirus within the Department?

  • All personnel at each fire station have their temperature taken twice a day.
  • High-contact surfaces are disinfected three times a day, and the entire fire station is disinfected just prior to the beginning of each shift.
  • Personnel stagger activities and maintain a six-foot distance, when possible.
  • Personnel wear N95 masks on ALL medical calls for service, not just flu calls.
  • Personnel can now only work at the same station for each shift as of April 4. There’s no movement between stations to fill vacancies as was previously typical.
  • Administration staff and Chief Officers are primarily working remotely and only have one member in the office at a time.
  • The Fire Prevention Team has been broken into two shifts to limit the number of staff in the same work environment at one time.

Do SRFD staff pose a risk to the public?

Personnel adhere to the social distancing protocols recommended by the CDC and wear personal protective equipment when on calls which are designed to protect employees and the community.

We have increased sanitization standards and have protocols in place to ensure staff that have been exposed by a patient or become ill are quarantined until tested. Those with fever or flu-like symptoms will be removed from duty and isolated for testing.

What is being done to test and track individuals who may have been exposed?

Sonoma County’s testing guidelines prioritize first responders as they are essential and perform a vital service to our community.

The County has a process for contact investigation of COVID-19 cases. Public Health Nurses contact each case and conduct a detailed interview. Contacts of cases are notified of potential exposure and advised to self-quarantine for 14 days and report any symptoms to their health care provider and Sonoma County Disease Control.