Firefighters Bookstore Catalog # 14, March 2000

Heightens firefighter awareness of the seemingly 'routine' incidents, points out potential hazards in even the most mundane responses, and discusses tactics to remain alert and safe.  Montagna, an FDNY battalion chief, asserts that no 'routine' response is routine.  The book is divided into two parts: Common Calls and Carbon Monoxide.  In Common Calls, the chapters are: electrical emergencies, home heating emergencies, natural gas fires and emergencies, water leaks, vehicle fires, kitchen fires, mattress fires, and trash fires.  Montagna is an acknowledged expert in carbon monoxide response issues.  The last third of the book covers this topic more thoroughly than any book we’ve seen.  East coast emphasis, which is particularly helpful for firefighters working in similar areas.

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Only to persons like the author, who is a veteran of the Fire Department of New York, could the phrase "routine emergencies" be anything other than an oxymoron.  Part one covers the most common types of fire-related calls plus water leaks.  The next section treats the medical aspects and new responses (since 1994) to alarms for carbon monoxide, the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the US.  Includes study question.

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