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    Default CO Response SoG?

    We are trying to set up an SoG for CO call response, and are looking for suggestions.

    If you could send a copy to the e-mail in my profile, of post them here, it would be appreciated!

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    I've been trying to put together an updated SOP on this very topic.

    Our current policy is very shift-specific. However, across the board, we respond non-emergency to CO alarms with no report of illness. If the occupants have medical complaints, we respond emergency and dispatch an ambulance.

    When CO levels are below 50, how the call is handled varies greatly from officer to officer. However, above 50, we almost always require evacuation of the structure until we find the source and it is fixed. If it's much above 50 and certainly if it's 100+, we require SCBA to be used by members operating inside.

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    Post CO SOP's

    For us the SOP is we roll 1 engine and our Air/Light unit to the scene with the meter. The only time we will roll two engines to a CO alarm is the months that my Engine Co. is our Primary response unit. Our engine has a CO Meter there are only two in our department 1 is on the Air/Light unit and the other is our companies personally owned one.

    We had a bad CO call last month i was the guy operating our Engines meter well my partner,myself, and our probie went into the single dwelling house we needed to go on air because we went above the alotted PPM. Well after about 10 mins of taking readings and investigating we came to find that we had a boat battery attached to a sump-pump. The battery was actually frying itself and the battery was leaking battery acids and was in like a self-destruct mode. We cleared the house and we moved out about an hour in a half later end result three bottles used and 1 patient sent to a local hospital

    Needless to say our SOP's stand very high especially on CO alarms we get a lot of messed up CO calls.

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    A. Emergency or non-emergency responses to reports of carbon
    monoxide shall be determined by the following criteria:

    1. Emergency Response: Caller indicates or suspects any
    signs or symptoms or carbon monoxide poisoning. In
    this event, the dispatcher will advise the caller and
    all occupants to evacuate the building and await the
    fire departmentís arrival. 1 engine will respond with meter.
    And the Rescue will be toned out.

    2.Non-EmergencyResponse: Caller has a Carbon Monoxide Detector activation or suspects
    there may be carbon monoxide present in the building, the response will be considered a public service call.

    3. Any time the dispatcher feels the caller is in jeopardy, he/she can immediately initiate an emergency
    response, even if the initial dispatch was considered non-emergency.
    4. All emergency responses shall require full protective clothing and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
    a. All non-emergency responses shall require full protective clothing, but no SCBA unless the situation calls for them.
    B. Once the fire company arrives on the scene, they should first interview the occupant(s) to determine the following:
    1. If any occupants are ore have been feeling ill.
    2. The number and location of any CO detectors which have been activated.
    3. The location of combustion equipment/appliances.

    Note: This interview should take place outside of any suspected contaminated areas.

    C. After the interview, zero the CO meter in fresh air and comply with all start-up procedures as
    recommended by the manufacturer of the metering equipment.

    D. Take the first reading just inside the doorway to determine initial CO level.

    1. If a reading of 35 ppm or greater is detected, the building or effected area shall be evacuated immediately and full turnout gear and
    SCBA shall be utilized during the investigation.
    E. Personnel shall begin monitoring the lower levels of the building then proceed to the higher levels.
    1. Be sure to check all areas especially, areas that include utility spaces, kitchens, and attached garages.
    2 Appliance service personnel should be contacted by the occupant to check the proper operation of appliances.

    F. If a reading of 9 ppm or less is detected:
    1. Inform the occupant(s) that our instrument did not detect an elevated level of CO at this time.
    2. Recommend occupant(s) check their CO detector per manufacturer's recommendations.
    3. Advise the occupant(s) to reset the CO detector (if applicable) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
    4. Inform the occupant(s) that, if the detector reactivates or they feel there may be a problem, to call 911.

    G If a reading above 9 ppm and below 35 ppm is detected:
    1. Any reading above 9 ppm shall be considered an above normal reading.
    2. Occupant(s) shall be informed that an elevated level of CO has been detected.
    3. If it is determined that an appliance is malfunctioning and thereby producing CO, it shall be shut down.
    4. Once the premises has been ventilated and reduced to a safe level of CO, it may be occupied, at the discretion of the occupant(s).
    5. Advise the occupant(s) to reset the CO detector (if applicable) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
    6. Inform the occupant(s) that, if the detector re-activates or they feel there may be a problem, to call 911.

    H. If a reading of 35 ppm or greater is detected follow the same procedure as in Section G. Advise occupants of findings and further
    actions which may be necessary.
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    Question What's the magic number?

    What's interesting is that there (apparently) is no national standard for acceptable levels of CO inside a residential dwelling. It'd be nice to base our evacuation and PPE-required levels on a national standard... but if there is one, I'm not familiar with it.

    35 ppm is the EPA's national ambient air quality standard for one-hour and is US NIOSH's recommended 8-hour average limit for on the job exposure. OSHA's eight-hour average legal limit for on the job exposure is 50 ppm. The lowest level that a UL listed CO alarm can sound an alert is supposedly 70 ppm. The limits allowed and/or suggested by different groups vary widely across the board.

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