BernCo Fire Department Assists with COVID-19 Testing, Assessments and Mitigation at Adult Care Facilities in State


The County Fire Department (BCFD) is tasked statewide with assessing and mitigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) impact at long-term adult care healthcare facilities all over New Mexico. This week another 22 additional facilities have been added to the list.

In March, the New Mexico Department of Health reached out to BCFD and asked for the department’s assistance and expertise in training long-term care facilities how to manage the COVID-19 crisis.

Bernalillo County Fire Department Deputy Chief Brian Rose is spearheading the effort. Rose is assisted by Albuquerque Fire and Rescue Lt. Mitchell Avey.

Rose and Avey have provided Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to the following facilities: Advanced Healthcare, La Vida Llena, Village at Alameda, Genesis Uptown and Central Desert Behavioral Health, Life Care in Farmington, Red Rocks Rehabilitation Center, and Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup.

The Bernalillo County Fire Department has also trained personnel from the San Juan County Emergency Operations Center, Farmington Fire Department and the Gallup Fire Department, so that the trained personnel could perform assessments in their local community facilities.

“We have been working diligently to develop assessment and mitigation protocols to teach the staff members at these facilities around the state the best ways to slow down the spread of the coronavirus,” says BCFD Deputy Chief of Operations Brian Rose. “As part of the training curriculum, we have created training videos in English and Spanish and are in the process of getting them translated into Navajo.”

Reassessments and training are also ongoing at eight long-term adult care healthcare facilities.

Last week, the Bernalillo County Fire Department received instruction to assist 22 more facilities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington, Gallup, Aztec, Taos, Rowell, Clovis, and Portales.


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