The Round Table

Issue 10 and Volume 128.

The Round Table departments Frequently, when an ambulance is dispatched to an emergency, other help is needed before the EMTs can go to work. This usually occurs when injured occupants are trapped in a motor vehicle. Accordingly, what are your procedures for handling such emergencies? More apparatus? More manpower? Special equipment? Also, who handles the dispatching? Does he have any latitude in making such assignments or does he have to abide by standard procedures? William G. Churchill, Assistant Chief, Annapolis, Md.: All dispatching of fire, rescue, emergency apparatus and related equipment for the Annapolis Fire Department is done by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department Communication Division (Central Alarm). When it is known that occupants are trapped in a vehicle, the standard operating procedure is to dispatch an ambulance, a rescue truck, an engine and a command truck company. After arriving at the location of the incident, the command post…

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