Update on Adams Fire District Services
Changes and Reduction in Services during COVID-19 Pandemic
The District’s top priority is to supply continuous and reliable delivery of safe drinking water and fire protection/emergency services, which are critical to daily life and the public health system. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Adams Fire District is implementing several precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of essential staff.
These actions are intended to mitigate potential exposure to our employees and customers and maintain continuity of operations.
In-person and Non-Essential Services Suspended
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the following non-essential Company services will be suspended until further notice:
• In-person payments of any kind at our Columbia Street office.(there is a drop box attached to the building that may be used)
• In-home or on-site routine inspections, repairs, installations, maintenance and assistance.
During public health crises, the supply of clean potable water is critical. In fairness to all customers, water meters will continue to be read and water bills will continue to be generated and delivered.
Drinking Water Operations
All operations related to drinking water treatment and distribution will continue. Customers can be assured that their drinking water is safe and can be consumed and used as normal.
In order to reduce potential exposure to essential staff, business visitors and deliveries to all our facilities will be prohibited or curtailed as much as possible, until further notice.
The District’s priority is to maintain the continuous and reliable operation of the drinking water distribution system for the general population. District personnel will continue to respond to any water emergencies (water main breaks, etc.) that arise in our system as normal.
Water emergencies on private properties will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, in as far as crews are able to address from the outside or by referring the customer to private contractors. District personnel will not enter privately owned homes, buildings, or facilities to make repairs until further notice.
For water emergencies customers and contractors can call 24/7 at (413) 743-1212
Customer service for billing/account inquiries and field services will continue to be available by telephone. Customers can contact the District at 743-0978 or 743-0179. If your call is not answered, please leave a message. We will respond in a timely manner, however, be prepared for longer call response times. Water emergencies will be prioritized.
Drinking Water Supply and COVID-19
According to a technical brief issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 3, 2020, COVID-19 has not been shown to be transmitted via treated drinking water. The drinking water system will remain safe and operational amid any local outbreak.
The District will continue to update customers on any further changes in services due to COVID-19. Customers may visit the District website at www.adamsfiredistrict.com
Adams Fire District Superintendent
John C. Barrett
Adams Fire Department
During this crisis’s we continue to monitor response recommendation from many agencies. The members of the department have also voiced their concerns. Maintaining a ready and healthy department is my number one priority. We will continue to respond to calls as we always have, with adjustments.
Adams Fire Department responds on Medical Calls when Adams Ambulance is unavailable. If the dispatch involves any of the signs and symptoms for the COVID-19, we will knock on the door and ask questions before entering. If necessary, we will put on the proper protective clothing and enter the residents. We will also ask the patient to put a mask on or have you put one on them. There will be times when the ambulance is close enough that we will wait for their arrival and they will enter. This is to limit the number of people exposed and minimize the amount of PPE used.
Alarm and Odor Responses
We will be responding as normal to all alarms and odor complaints. We may take extra time to put on a mask before entering your Home. We will also limit the number of members entering the building for investigative purpose.
In order to maintain social distancing of 6ft we have canceled our training until further notice.
What can you do to assist us?
If you have a known exposure or have any of the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
• Please notify the dispatcher when calling 911
• Please meet us at the door or outside if you are able to.
• If you have a mask please put it on before our arrival.
• Keep 6ft between us whenever possible
• Cover your mouth when you cough
Together we can get thru this we just need to maintain social distancing and wash our hands, avoid crowds, and please support your local business.
John M. Pansecchi
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