• Welcome to our central page for how COVID-19 is affecting the Fire and Life Safety Industry. Updated daily, this page will cover all relevant content to your business, in addition to state, federal, and legal updates. Feel like you have something we should share? Email relevant articles to COVID19@BrooksEquipment.com for our team to review.

    Latest News

    Today, Brandon Stephens steps in to remind us to keep doing our part at containing the spread of COVID-19. He encourages us to speak with our customers about the safety precautions and guidelines your company and techs are following. Next, we are introduced to Michael Proos from Servant Fire! Watch his full video below. And last, but not least, we have Volume V of our Technician Slideshow for you! We hope you have been enjoying seeing familiar technician faces as much as we have!

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    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    Volume V - The work never stops! Thank you to all the Fire and Life Safety professionals who have worked to maintain systems through this crisis. Here are some images our customers sent us of their techs out in the field.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    Michael Proos with Servant Fire discusses what he has been up to during the epidemic. He talks about how having to work outside of normal business hours has allowed their techs to not feel rushed and do an even more thorough job than before.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    There is a new loan from the Federal Reserve called the Main Street Program and we gathered everything you need to know. Watch this webinar to get the details and determine if this loan is a good fit for you.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    Check out our new Tech Series: Work Safely to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 by Mark Conroy! This Tech Series talks about steps you can take to stop the spread, as well as some other recommendations to stay safe. This is a great article to send to your techs or customers, and even hang in your building!

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    State and Local COVID-19 Response Information Dashboard

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    Our Industry

    Information at every level to support your business

    FED Resources

    Resources that can directly help your business during this time of crisis

    Facility Reopening Fire & Safety Checklist

    As the dust settles, we want to help set you up for success as your customers move to more normal operation. We have provided two simple checklists you can use with your customers to help them stay safe from COVID-19 and to ensure their facilities are ready for employees and customers.

    Paycheck Protection Program

    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is designed to provide loans for small businesses to keep you in business and your workers on the payroll. You can apply for a loan through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, any federally insured credit union, and any Farm Credit System institution (that is participating). You should consult with your local lender to see if they are participating. PPP will be available through June 30, 2020. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

    Other Resources

    Brooks' COVID-19 Response

    The latest updates regarding our shipping, warehouses, and sales

    Sales, Product, and Distribution: Currently we are not experiencing supply issues and have contingencies in place to prevent interruptions.

    • Drop-Ship Fees Waived on Brooks Orders During COVID-19 Crisis.
    • Will-Call Counters have been re-opened with a new process. Ask your account manager for details.
    • Increasing orders on critical parts.
    • Maintaining open channels with suppliers and freight carriers to monitor production levels and transit times.
    • Dual sourcing critical parts to mitigate supply chain disruption.
    • Sanitizing package shipping areas more frequently.

    Safety Protocols:

    • Installing health and safety protocols to protect our employees so that we can continue to serve you.
    • All Sales, Credit, and Management personnel are working remotely from home. Distribution personnel are still working at their assigned warehouse but are following assigned protocols.
    • Updating our cleaning procedures at all distribution centers to be in line with CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    Operational Partners:

    Latest Protocol from the CDC

    Resources the CDC is providing

    CDC - How to Protect Yourself and What to Do if You are Sick Click Here

    Best Practices for Fire Equipment Distributors:
    For complete information on how to protect yourself, employees, and customers from COVID-19, go to - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

    • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness should stay home until their doctor releases for work.
    • Employees should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 65% alcohol.
    • Employees should avoid touching their face, eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Employees should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Used tissue should not be re-used and should be put in a waste basket immediately. Where tissues are unavailable, employees should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve.
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs with cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas (follow the directions on the label).
    • Provide disposable wipes for employees to clean keyboards, telephones, work surfaces, etc., before each use.