Rumford’s officials had notified the Maine EMS office that it had voted to order the Rumsford Fire Department (RFD) to stop responding to EMS emergencies the previous Monday, March 16, to protect its firefighters from exposure to coronavirus.

Emergency medical service personnel across the country are struggling with an onslaught of new issues as we prepare for a tsunami of patients.

Police departments are shifting resources and adjusting priorities in an attempt to maintain public safety while doing their best to prevent infection among officers and suspects.

COVID-19 has forced the European EMS Leadership Network to postpone the European Emergency Medical Services Congress until next year, the group said.

On Friday March 13, 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed legislation making that state the 20th to join the EMS Compact. The statute is effective 90 days from signing.