Greenfield Township Fire Department Exposure to Bed Bugs PolicyNew/Revision Date: 2/13/2013 Effective Date: 2/14/2012Resolution # __2013021302F______ Page(s): 3I. The proliferation of bed bugs in residential and commercial settings has necessitated theGreenfield TWP Fire Department to formulate a policy concerning exposures. Bed bugs areextremely difficult to exterminate once an infestation has occurred: therefore, it is our
department’s mandate for all firefighters to receive training on the prevention of bed bugs.
This policy will address the steps necessary to maintain bed bug free fire stations and thesteps necessary once an exposure has occurred.II. In the Station:
a. There shall be no cardboard, loose linens or fabrics allowed to lie on floors. All personal itemsshall be placed in personal plastic totes if no space is available in your locker or if a part-time orvolunteer does not have a locker. Items found lying on the floor not contained in plastic totesshall be removed to truck bay to be claimed, in a timely manner, by owner.b.
All living quarters shall be swept daily. In addition, each crew’s assigned clean
-up area shall bethoroughly cleaned every Friday they are on duty. Thorough clean-up includes, but not limitedto: floors moped with disinfectant solution, walls wiped down and furniture and carpeted floorsvacuum cleaned.c. All mattresses shall have a department issued, impermeable mattress cover. All personal bedlinen shall be washed no less than once per week and dried on high heat.d. Clothing, shoes, bunker pants, coats etc., that are suspected of being exposed to bed bugs, shallbe properly treated. Bunker gear shall never be taken or worn into the dorm or other living oradministration areas of the Fire House (Bay and Gear room only).e. If bed bugs are found in the station the following procedure shall apply. The station livingquarters shall be immediately cleaned by the following steps:1. Floors swept and mopped.2. All drapery shall be removed and washed3.
Walls and baseboards shall be “wiped down” with a disinfectant cleaner.
4. Personal linen shall be washed and placed in dryer on high heat for at least 20 minutes.4. The shift officer shall be notified and he/she shall notify the Fire Chief immediately.5. The Fire Chief shall determine if a professional pest control company should becontracted.