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    Default CO, Gas leak, Odor Proceedures

    How does your FD/ Comm Center handle general odor investigations, CO alarms, or Gas leaks. To what level does your calltaker interrogate the callers? Do you tell the occupants to evacuate? Do you tell them to ventilate the residence, or leave it closed up to be monitored for levels?

    James Steele
    Second Assistant Chief
    Portland Hook & Ladder Co. #1
    Portland , PA

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    When we are on the phone with the complaintant we generally ask if they have had the heat on, airconditioner, do they have a gas furnace, etc. Then we ask them if everyone is awake, and how everyone feels, just in case we need to send an ambulance or something. Then we tell them to leave the house, like they had it, and we show up with our "sniffer." It would probably be a good idea to SCBA it in, but we prefer to keep it low profile. We initially test the entrance way before we go head long into the house. If the readings are good, we proceed, if they are bad, we get out the breathing gear. On calls like this we take our fire car/suburban, no big trucks.


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    Our dispatch center implemented a CO response plan that was developed by the fire departments we serve. We placed the pre-arrival questions and pre-arrival instructions directly into our EMS dispatch protocol books.

    We ask several questions - Detector's present and/or sounding? How long have they been sounding? Any signs of an exposure problem - Nausea, dizziness, flu like symptoms. Is anyone unconscious, etc.

    If medical concerns arise, we ask them to leave the residence, without ventilating. I am also a station officer, detecting the source of the leak is much easier in a closed environment. If they can't leave, and are experiencing medical problems, we let them open the residence. If they can leave, go to a neighbors, etc. if they must sit in a vehicle, go around the block a bit, away from structures and wait.

    Depending on the answers to our questions, the station officer, the station officer and an ambulance, or a full complement of medical and an engine company (for SCBA) will be dispatched.

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    Basically what the other replys are.

    If the CO alarm is sounding, and there are medical symptoms, generally an Engine, Rescue, and Ambulance respond lights & siren.

    If the CO alarm is sounding, but the occupants report no medical symptoms when talking to the dispatcher, an Engine and Rescue respond "on the quiet"

    Advice is basically the same as a smoke detector sounding -- leave the house as is and wait outside for the fire department.

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    We respond the same as stone35's dept. does, but we leave it up to the officer responding as to which vehicle they respond in (Explorer or engine). If caller states there is no medical emergency, the response is quiet. If caller states there are medical problems, or the possibility of, a full emergency response is given.

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    Rich McCane
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    Greetings All!

    Our procedure for CO Detectors that are sounding and there is NO ill persons is to contact the local gas utility and have them respond. If the ETA given is >30 minutes or the service crew does not arrive within 30 minutes the duty crew goes non-emergent.

    If there ARE ill persons then an engine & squad are dispatched in emergent mode

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