What constitutes an emergency?? What are some alarms your department considers emergency and goes all out to get there?? And what are some alarms your department considers no emergency and takes its time responding?? Some of these are givens but some arent.
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Thread: Emergency or Non-Emergency?
01-08-2001, 05:27 PM #1tfd603Firehouse.com Guest
Emergency or Non-Emergency?
01-08-2001, 06:13 PM #2BayRidge60Firehouse.com Guest
1. Any fire endangering life and/or property
2. MVA's with injuries/entrapment
3. F.A.S.T. assignment
4. Hazardous conditions - lines down, water emergencies, CO conditions, etc.
5. Fire alarm activations
6. Priority 1 EMS calls
1. Cover assignments
2. Service calls
3. Any time a chief officer orders a downgrade to Priority 3
Priority 1 - An emergency situation that IS NOT UNDER CONTROL.
Priority 2 - An emergency situation that IS COMING UNDER CONTROL.
Priority 3 - An emergency situation that is CURRENTLY UNDER CONTROL, or a non-emergency situation.
Bay Ridge Fire-Rescue
01-08-2001, 06:25 PM #3FD111Firehouse.com Guest
Non-emergency - Anything that only requires a single engine company response, unless life or real property are endangered.
Emergency - Box assignments, Medical responses, Rescue calls, and MVA's.
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01-08-2001, 06:34 PM #4Engine 101Firehouse.com Guest
Our dispatch has a priority system 1-9, From severe and need to get there now to not emergent but does require somebody to come out and take care of it
Emergent is a fire
Somewhat Emergent Fire Alarm Activation
Non Emergent, Keys left in a running auto, Or a Lock Out
01-08-2001, 10:09 PM #5SRVFD2Firehouse.com Guest
FEMA's emergency vehicle driver training course definies a true emergency like this:
"a situation in which there is a High Probability of Death or Serious Injury to an Individual, or Significant Property Loss, and Action by an Emergency Vehicle Operator may reduce the seriousness of the situation."
Under any circumstances, exercise "due regard"
01-14-2001, 05:38 PM #6NFDLT55Firehouse.com Guest
1. Life/property threatening calls
2. Fire alarms
1. Mutual Aid
2. CO detectors w/o symptoms (if symptoms emergency response.)
4. Service calls
5. Any call which C/O deams to be a non-emergency call.
we have 2 priority levels
1. Priority 1- Lights + Sirens, possible life/property threatening situation exsists
2. Priority 2- Normal driving (if you will)a non-life threatening or non-poperty threatening situation exsists and some how confirmed.
01-14-2001, 06:44 PM #7Resq14Firehouse.com Guest
I strongly agree with having only 2 modes of response: emergency with lights and sirens, and nonemergency where you drive with the flow of traffic.
01-14-2001, 06:58 PM #8WRENCHFirehouse.com Guest
hazardous conditions should be downgraded to non emergency. If there is a wire down most likly PD will be on scene ahead of you and there is nothing you are going to or should be doing until the utility gets there period.
And no water condition probaly 99% of the times is a crisis. If you get there in 2 mins.flat or 5 mins will not make that much difference to risk lives on a code three response. Co resonses should be based on the way the dispatch and info are given.
Priority EMS calls should be higher on the list.
Alarm activations can be downgraded to code 3 for the first due unit only. and for frequent fliers that can be subject to change base on local conditions and info recieved on dispatch.
02-23-2008, 02:52 AM #9
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I hope this thread doesn't get locked for being too old, but I'm posting on it any way.
Charlie, Delta, Echo Medicals
and then there is always the officer discretion calls.
Co detectors (as long as occupants are out and have no medical complaints)
Downed power lines
alpha, Bravo medicals
Anhydrous (*Spelling) tanks leaking
Children locked in cars (as long as its not summer)
02-23-2008, 03:07 AM #10
To put it in a very, very broad category, I would say an emergency for our fire company would be anything involving an IDLH atmosphere. This could mean a fire, an extreme HazMat call, May-Day, and so on.
I do know that anything involving like 'smells and bells' or a mistaken fire alarm (usually hit off by a construction crew) or even an MVA with no extrication, no injuries, no fatalities, and no vehicle stabilization needed would constitute a non-emergency for our company.Pinewald Pioneer Vol. Fire Co. No. 1 Sta. 20
Berkeley Emergency Response Team (B.E.R.T./Haz-Mat/WMD/CBRNE) Station 85
Berkeley Township, New Jersey 08721
02-23-2008, 11:48 AM #11
Everything is emergency unless chief or officer says soFirefighter for Vestal 32-2
American Red Cross Volunteer
02-23-2008, 11:53 AM #12
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02-23-2008, 11:56 AM #13
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Fire apparatus run all calls emergency except for Public Assists (and that is dependant on the situation), CO checks, and other service calls. Ambulances run all calls emergency except for pt. transfers.
Hell, we run hot for a headache........but we have some of if not the best response times of any fire department or ambulance service in our metropolitan area.
02-23-2008, 02:11 PM #14
An emergency: sudden state of danger, requiring immediate action
We have three priorities:
Priority 1 = Life Threatening Emergency
Priority 2 = Urgent "Emergency"
Priority 3 = Non Life-Threathening Emergency
Priority 1 and 2 are Lights & Siren Responses. Priority 3 is a normal response following all traffic laws.
Priority 1 calls include:
Chest Pains / Heart Problems
Major Accident w/ People trapped
Burns w/ complications (breathing difficulty, chest pain, unresponsive, etc)
Gun Shot Wounds
Cuttings / Stabbings
Priority 2 calls include:
Major Accident w/ Confirmed Injuries
Unknown Medical Emergency
Structure Fire 2nd Alarm OR by IC request
Priority 3 calls include:
Major Accident UNK Injuries
Our Fire Dept. runs code to all calls.
02-23-2008, 07:19 PM #15
I have to say this is one of the oldest threads to be resurrected that I have seen... 7 years... damnThe Box. You opened it. We Came...
"You'll take my life but I'll take your's too. You'll fire musket but I'll run you through. So when your waiting for the next attack, you'll better understand there's no turn back."
02-23-2008, 09:11 PM #16Co 11
Virginia Beach FD
Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they cannot get it wrong. Which one are you?
'The fire went out and nobody got hurt' is a poor excuse for a fireground critique.
02-23-2008, 09:25 PM #17
If it is an emergency for the fire department, who do we call?I believe them bones are me. Some say we are born into the grave. I feel so alone, gonna end up a big ol' pile a them bones
02-24-2008, 02:36 AM #18
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Plus it sort of puts the web team's consistancy of closing old threads to the test.
02-24-2008, 03:32 AM #19
This thread is way way too old to be posted on and discussed again.
WB.......SHUT IT DOWN!!!!
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