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August 2021

SLC Fire Chief Karl Lieb


Our Salt Lake City community is uniquely situated to offer us the benefits of a thriving urban environment only moments away from a beautiful wilderness. If you are like me, you take advantage of every opportunity to enjoy our great outdoors. Spending time in nature is an unrivaled experience, but it requires us to be safe and vigilant. This summer has presented SLC with a variety of weather-related challenges, including several 100°+ days, a significant drought, and even flash flooding. The weather can shift in only a moment and if you plan to be outside, it pays to be ready. Here are a few simple things you can do to prepare yourself for a day spent outdoors:
  • Bring plenty of water
  • Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, UPF clothing, hats, or other shade-producing items
  • Limit time outdoors to the cooler parts of the day, such as morning or evening
  • When exerting yourself, take frequent breaks and stay hydrated
  • Use the buddy system and keep an eye on one another
  • Be alert to signs and symptoms of heat-related illness
If you or someone you know experiences a heat-related illness or other type of emergency while outside, please call for help. SLC Fire crews are equipped to respond to the many and varied environments within our great city. For more tips about safety in our beautiful great outdoors, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's site about heat related illness.

SLC Fire Run Volume - July 2021

COVID-19 Update

SLC Fire's daily operations continue to be impacted by COVID-19 and related concerns. We have modified several department policies and protocols in response to these concerns and feel confident that the actions taken serve to protect both our workforce and the greater SLC community. A few precautionary measures currently in place are: 
•    Over 80% of SLC Fire employees have been fully vaccinated
•    SLC Fire employees wear surgical or cloth masks when in public for non-medical response reasons, such as trips to the grocery store.
•    All calls for medical assistance are treated as potential COVID-19 exposures and our firefighters wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding.
•    Patients requesting emergency medical assistance may be asked to meet first responders outdoors or in a large room whenever possible.
•    First responders may ask family members, friends, and bystanders to provide a safe distance (6 ft. or greater) from the responding crew members on any emergency scene. 
•    SLC Fire has suspended participation in public and in-person activities, such as station tours, school visits, etc. Please visit our website to find educational videos that can replace these types of activities until we can resume them safely!
•    Firefighters who are ill or have sick family at home are requested to stay home to recuperate, waiting to return to work until they are medically cleared to do so. 
SLC Fire would like to express our gratitude to the community for all that you are doing to keep yourselves and your family safe. We're in this together and look forward to welcoming the public back to our facilities in the hopefully not-too-distant future. 
This year, Salt Lake City implemented a ban on all personal fireworks. We would like to thank the community for supporting and observing this ban, enabling us to reduce the number of firework-related fires and reserving our water supply.
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