To the patrons of Douglas County Fire District No. 2, Winston-Dillard Fire District, and Roseburg Fire Department. In response to the COVID-19 virus, emergency responders are required to wear a specific level of personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to avoid exposure. This is to ensure that they will be available to respond to future calls and maintain a consistent level of service.

Unfortunately, due to a nationwide shortage of the necessary personal protective equipment our organization and crews are going to have to be resourceful and may be forced to utilize equipment not normally used for these situations. We would like to make everyone aware of some of the personal protective equipment you could see the responders wearing. Please remember this is not meant to upset, scare, or embarrass anyone. These examples of PPE are meant to protect not only the responder and patient, but the patient’s family and the public at large. We are trying to do everything we can to keep our responders healthy and available to provide the service to our citizens that they deserve.

We want to thank you all for your understanding and patience during these challenging times and know that we will do anything and everything within our capabilities to provide the best service possible. Included with this article are some pictures for examples of what you might see.