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April 08, 2020
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Minutes from COVID-19 meeting with Admin

  • It is expected to spike in our area in the next 5-7 days due to the amount of people getting tested
  • As of now the virus has a 3.4% mortality rate
  • It primarily affects people of 65 years or older but worsens with people with underlaying health issues such has respiratory issues
  • Admin has ordered the stations sealed to the public and our families, maintenance can only come into the station for repairs, they are not allowed to eat lunch in the station or use the heads
  • The city is talking to cleaning companies to come and clean the stations at least once a day
  • We are only responding to priority 1 calls such as Cardiac Arrest, Respiratory Arrest, Car Accidents, and Anaphylaxis Shock
  • Baystate will have testing sites up around the city in the next 4-5 days, they will be open to the public but First Responders will have priority
  • If you go to a suspected COVID-19 call there is now a check box in the mifir’s. It is in the same section as the Narcan and epi-pen. Please also document it in the narrative, and if it is an unprotected exposure (not using a mask, Tyvek suit, glasses, SCBA or the overhaul mask) fill out exposure form.
  • For a still alarm treat the patient outside the station
  • Calls for Cardiac or Respiratory Arrest use masks and protective glasses
  • In the event our members run out of PPE use SCBA or overhaul masks
  • The city is in talks with day care providers to watch the children of only First Responders
  • It can not be stressed enough the importance of personal hygiene, wash your hands
  • For members working second jobs in the medical field please limit your exposure risks
  • LOOK OUT FOR YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTER WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER
  • We ask that our members remain fluid as information becomes available we will release it, if you have any questions please tell your stewards and they will forward them

SEMPER GUMBY (Always Flexible)

Quarantine for First Responders

SPRINGFIELD FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

A $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to the child of a member of Local 648 and the Privates Club for the furthering of their education.

THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLIED WITH:

An applicant shall be enrolling or attending an accredited 2 or 4-year college or school of nursing.

Applications, transcripts, and letters of recommendation must be returned by

April 17, 2020

The Privates Club and Local 648 are donating $1,750.00 each towards the scholarship. Therefore to be awarded the scholarship the applicant’s parent must be a member of both organizations.

1st Runner up will receive $2,000.00.

2nd Runner up will receive $1,000.00.

3rd Runner up will receive $500.00

Applications may be obtained from the Union website at www.iafflocal648.org.

Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible.

The format for determining the recipient will be the same as in the past; need, scholastic achievement, future endeavors, and community involvement.


Scholarship Committee
Ryan Shewchuk

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What you should know about GIC Health Benefits and the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Gic provides several resources to help members cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please visit the GIC website for more detailed information

Https://www.mass.gov/info-details/what-you-should-know-about-gic-health-benefits-and-the-covid-19-outbreak

To access medical testing if you suspect you might have COVID-19

Call your medical provider first! Do not use public transportation, ride sharing services, or taxis!

For any COVID-19 related insurance claim

The GIC has directed all its health carries to wave:

Co-pays and deductibles associated with COVID-19 testing and co-pays for claims associated with COVID-19 treatment medical providers will enter specific codes for testing and treatment related to COVID-19, and those claims will be subject to automated processes for waiver or reimbursement

To access medical or behavioral health care without leaving home

All GIC health carriers already offer telehealth capabilities to support remote access to care through telephone, smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computers. All carriers have been instructed to waive all telehealth copays to promote its use. Check list of telehealth resources by health carrier or look on the back of your GIC health insurance card.

To access your prescription medications without leaving home

Contact your preferred retail pharmacy to ask if they offer home delivery. Some retailers, including CVS, are offering free home delivery during this emergency. If your preferred retail pharmacy does not offer free home delivery, you may use the mail order service available through both Express Scripts (www.express-scripts.com) and CVS Silverscript (www.Silverscript.com)

Get help with stress and anxiety specifically related to the COVID-19 outbreak Toll-Free emotional support help line 1-866-342-6892

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