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National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Carbon Monoxide Exposure

This week's featured firefighter near-miss report stresses the importance of maintaining a high level of situational awareness on all incidents. It is imperative to avoid complacency on the incidents that we perceive as "routine" calls. Although many of the EMS calls we respond to for "falls" are high frequency and low risk, we must still be careful to not let our guard down: "The engine and a paramedic unit were dispatched to a report of a subject fallen. Further information was that the patient was now unconscious. Upon arrival, the crews entered the house and found a male patient unconscious in the kitchen. There was no immediate obvious cause for the patient's...

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