|The firefighter dressed in full PPE and breathing air from SCBA was navigating one of three obstacles, a reduced profile box, when he became stuck in the box. The firefighter relayed to his crew members and a training assistant monitoring the drill, he was having some difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. Other fire personnel were attempting to assist the firefighter from the box when he became unconscious. The box was rapidly disassembled and the firefighter removed. He was carried approximately 25′ to the exterior of the building and placed on the ground. It was determined the firefighter was in cardiac arrest.|
On scene ALS and BLS care were initiated by firefighters. A passing EMS unit stopped at the scene and also assisted with patient care. ALS and BLS interventions were successful and the firefighter had return of circulation within 6 minutes.
Firefighter was transported to nearby hospital. Enroute he had purposeful movement and was breathing on his on upon arrival at hospital. Firefighter was seen in ER and then transferred to ICU for follow up care and testing. The firefighter is currently awake, alert and talking.
|Always have an emergency action plan in place. Designate personnel to respond to emergencies during training events. Having adequate personnel and proper medical equipment on scene ensures any medical situation can be handled.|
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