First Responders

First Responders

EMS volunteer in front of ambulance

First responders are critical to protecting our communities. Here are resources to support first responders in their work.

Contact your health care provider to find out about getting tested. There are testing locations throughout Vermont.

First Responder wellness


Starting sometime during the week of March 8, more public safety personnel will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Expanded public safety personnel are employees and members of fire, EMS, and police emergency response organizations and employees of the Department of Corrections that work in correctional facilities. Employees include: command, administrative, and communications staff. This does not include contractors/ auxiliary members.

Read more about the COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency medical services (EMS) play a vital role in responding to requests for assistance, triaging patients, and providing emergency medical treatment and transport for ill persons. Unlike patient care in the controlled environment of a healthcare facility, care and transports by EMS present unique challenges because of the nature of the setting, enclosed space during transport, frequent need for rapid medical decision-making, interventions with limited information, and a varying range of patient acuity and jurisdictional healthcare resources.

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States (link is external)
EMS Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Assessment And Transport
COVID-19 Field Triage
EMS Response to COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) EMS Response - see video on EMS page