Leadership

Staff Training Finds Hospital Ready When Fire Hits

Issue 8 and Volume 121.

Staff Training Finds Hospital Ready When Fire Hits Nurses use methods learned in drills to remove patients ahead of smoke threat Delaware County Daily Times photos and The fire alarm sounded. The sirens screamed. Six fire companies converged on the hospital. The administrator, playing golf nearby, hardly needed the message that was brought to him on the 14th tee by a panting messenger, “Fire at the hospital.” The assistant administrator heard the news on his car radio while returning home from the hospital. This, undoubtedly, is the most frightening news flash that any member of a hospital could hear. It was about 2 p.m. on a Saturday when the whole thing started. The general staff in the hospital on the weekend was somewhat smaller than through the week. Within minutes, many of the off-duty personnel were on their way to the hospital. The fire must have been smoldering in an…

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