Episode 30: Brooklyn Park Fire Department Carbon Monoxide Close Call

Situational Awareness Matters Radio

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Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken PrillamanOn Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Brooklyn Park Fire Department was dispatched to a medical call that had the potential to be catastrophic for the members of their department, their EMS transport provider and their police department.

 

Length: 41 minutes

Brooklyn Park Fire DepartmentOn Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Brooklyn Park Fire Department was dispatched to a medical call that had the potential to be catastrophic for the members of their department, their EMS transport provider and their police department.

 

The call was for a person having a stroke. As the crew arrived and made entry through the front door of the house there was a man on the floor having a seizure. The two police officers on the scene were attending to the individual. One of the firefighters on the scene, Jeff St. Martin, noticed a mess of exhaust and heard what sounded like a motor running. His quick actions prevented a catastrophic outcome. The levels of carbon monoxide measured in the home exceeded the capacity of the department’s carbon monoxide meter (in excess of 600 ppm).

 

Some takeaways from the interview include:Brooklyn Park Fire Department Med Bag

 

  • How complacency can creep into our mindset that we are responding to “just another medical call.”
  • How strong situational awareness can alert us when the pieces of the puzzle don’t fit… and things don’t make sense.
  • How intuition, when followed, can compel action that that can be lifesaving, even when you may not know why you are taking the action at the moment.
  • How a CO monitor carried by first-arriving medical personnel (and perhaps police officers) can alert responders to the potential of highly lethal CO levels.

 

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SAMatters blog article referenced in the podcast

When the Puzzle Pieces Don’t Fit

http://www.samatters.com/when-the-puzzle-pieces-dont-fit/

 

Guest Contact Information
Fire Chief Ken Prillaman

Brooklyn Park Fire Department

BPFireDept@brooklynpark.org

763-493-8020

 

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http://www.firefighternearmiss.com/

 


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