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Bangor Fire First Alarm Responses & Still Alarms
Grass/ Brush Fire - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue
Vehicle Fire - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue
Fire Alarms - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Fire in Building - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Vehicle Accident - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue - *Heavy Rescue Spec Call
EMS - 1 Rescue (Engine if Warranted by EMD)
Dumpster Fire - 1 Engine
Carbon Monoxide - 1 Engine
Chimney Fire - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Water Related - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue, 1 boat, Heavy Rescue
Technical Rescue - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue, Heavy Rescue
Haz - Mat  - 2 Engines, 2 Rescues, 1 Ladder, Fire Comm 1, Orono FD Haz Mat Team (as needed)
Aircraft Emergency at BIA - minimum of 1 engine, 1 rescue, 1 tanker.
(more as size of aircraft requires) (may add 2 additional engines, 1- ladder, 2 additional rescues, Fire Comm 1,  Heavy Rescue, Second Ladder Command Truck in case of crash)
* This is determined by ANG Crash Rescue *
Mutual Aid - as requested
**Tank 6 Responses - All fires outside of city hydrants and mutual aid.
Alarms Above the
First Alarm
All Hands - One additonal Engine, One additional Rescue to scene
(** ANG tanker & Glenburn tanker to scene) Brewer Engine and OronoEngine to cover Central, Hire Back Chief Officer
Second Alarm - Brewer Engine & Orono Engine to scene,
(** Hermon & Hampden tankers to scene) Hermon Engine to cover Central, Veazie Engine to cover Station 5, Bangor Recall for 1 officer and 3 ffers to man Engine 2.
Third Alarm - Hermon Engine & Veazie Engine to Scene, Engine 2 cover central, Hampden Engine to cover Central.
Fourth Alarm - Engine 2 and Hampden Engine to scene, Old Town Engine to Cover Central, Glenburn Engine to cover Station 6
** = Tanker responses outside the hydrant district.
Addition Ladders and other equipment are by special call.
*All initial alarms may have other equipment added as needed for special circumstances *

Never Forget

Swine Flu and EMS: What you need to know
Updated On: May 24, 2009

April 27th, 2009

So, if you’re awake and breathing, you’re probably aware that there is an outbreak of a swine flu that seems to be aggressive and contagious.  But before you duct tape your doors and windows, let’s think about what this mean to us as EMS providers.

While most types of influenza virus are carried in the guts of birds (ducks in particular), some live in swine (and regularly cause outbreaks of flu in swine).  Swine flu is typically only spread to individuals who work closely with pigs, and is not particularly contagious.  However, outbreaks of swine flu in humans can happen and this version (an Influenza A H1N1, which is the way of naming the flu by type and protein subtypes) appears to spread from person to person.  Swine flu outbreaks tend to happen in 11-year cycles because of shifting in antigens and major swine flu types appear to be recycled about every 50 years. The most significant outbreak in recent memory occurred in 1918.  This current strain appears to have a high death rate in younger, otherwise healthy people who would normally not be particularly ill from flu.

This flu presents like most typical flu:  fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, fatigue, and sore throat, although there are some variants.  Since we’re getting near to the end of our flu season locally, any case that occurs now should raise red flags about the possibility of swine flu.

So, what should you do to protect yourself and patients?  Really, what we do shouldn’t be different from what we normally do during flu season, but there is a certain laxity in the healthcare realm about preventing disease transmission, so here are some reminders:
-Be suspicious of any call for respiratory distress, cough, fever, or chills
-Follow your agency’s policy for airborne disease transmission prevention.  If you’re not sure of what this is, the CDC recommends use of facemasks (devices that are FDA approved as medical facemasks) if you must be in a crowded environment with an individual who may have Swine Flu.  If you must be close to a patient, use a NIOSH approved respirator with N95 filtering or above.
-Try to distance yourself (> 2 meters) from ill people.
-Wear gloves
-Wash or disinfect your hands and stethoscope thoroughly after patient contact and do not touch your mouth or nose.

Remember, We Help People.  But we can only do that by protecting ourselves.


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