In 2001, the Fire Department instituted an Infection Control Office and created a new civil service position naming a Fire Service Paramedic Exposure Control Officer.
Fire Service Paramedic Exposure Control Officer
The Fire Service Paramedic Exposure Control Officer serves as the Department's Designated Officer for Infection Control as required by the Ryan White Law. The Ryan White Law is a Federal which protects Emergency Response Employee (ERE's) if they have been exposed to an infectious or communicable disease.
The role of the Designated Officer requires 24 hour availability and involves professional responsibility in the areas of notification, reporting, documentation, evaluation, interpretation, inspection, education, consultation, and research as well as data collection.
Fire Department Exposure Control Officer
The Fire Department Exposure Control Officer (Designated Officer for Infection Control) holds the rank of Captain and functions under the direction of the Human Resources Division.
There are at least fifteen (15) federal, state, and local laws that need to be incorporated into the Exposure Control Plan. Additionally, there are in excess of 20 different standards and guidelines from non-regulatory agencies such as the United States Department of Public Health (CDC), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) that need to be incorporated into the Exposure Control Plan.