A Message from Chief of Department Rudy Sunderman Jr:
To Our Mastic Fire Department Community,
We sincerely hope that you and your families are well during this unprecedented time. The members of the Mastic Fire Department are more committed than ever to work and serve you in a way that supports the safety and well-being of all the residents and of our community.
Along with the rest of the country and the world at large, we have been reeling with the fast-paced turn of events as we all manage the global pandemic created by the exponential spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Like everyone else, the Mastic Fire Department has been forced to adapt to the ever-changing suggested guidelines surrounding this virus, but rest assured, all of our volunteers will continue to do their part to best support and serve our community’s needs.
This is a true public health emergency and our planning covers the basics, such as ensuring our first responders have the appropriate amount and level of personal protective equipment in order to safely take care of you in your time of need. As we are sure you have seen and heard, this is a growing concern across the country and will likely continue to be for the foreseeable future.
Currently, we continue to prescreen and respond to all of our calls for emergencies as we normally would, with little to no noticeable change other than elevated level of personal protection for all of our members. While we continue to ensure safe and prudent care to you all, please do not be alarmed if you encounter personnel using these expanded levels of protective equipment. Additionally, when calling 911 to report emergencies, we ask that you please be patient with all the fire rescue dispatchers, as they will be asking additional questions to help our responding members stay safe while assisting you.
We would like to ask each and every one of you to follow the advice of governmental authorities and implement the important steps that will help minimize the spread of COVID-19. These include maintaining safe social distancing, frequent and thorough hand washing, frequent cleaning and sanitizing of both personal and work spaces, and limiting interactions with others, especially the elderly population and those with compromised immune systems or other significant underlying health conditions.
Please rest knowing that your local first responders, the dedicated volunteers of the Mastic Fire Department, will be there for you should you need us. We will continue to closely monitor this crisis daily and adapt as needed in order to take the most appropriate protective actions necessary to ensure our community is safe. Working together, we will all get through these difficult times.
Rudy Sunderman Jr.
Chief, Mastic Fire Department