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A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P | From the May 2010 Issue | Monday, May 10, 2010

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Systematic MCI Operations

The crews used recent MCI training to triage, treat and transport 13 patients in less than 30 minutes at this fire.
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W ith reports that multiple residents were trapped inside, crews from Fame EMS in Lewistown, Pa., set up for mass casualty incident (MCI) operations immediately on arrival at this two-alarm apartment blaze in Lewistown Borough at midnight on Jan. 17. Ten BLS and ALS ambulances and three rehab units from two counties responded to the MCI at the three-story, 28-unit building. The crews— who had recently participated in specialized MCI training—triaged, treated and transported 13 patients in less than 30 minutes. Six Priority 1, one Priority 2, and six Priority 3 patients were taken to Lewistown Hospital and Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College for treatment of injuries, including smoke inhalation, burns, respiratory burns and fractures. Rehab operations were established early in a nearby parking lot to support the 100-plus firefighters on scene.  For a more detailed report on this incident, visit jems.com/extras.

This article originally appeared in May 2010 JEMS as Call to Action: Systematic MCI Operations.

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Major Incidents


Systematic MCI Operations

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Setting up Triage Tarps

Fame EMS in Lewstown, Pa. triaged, treated and transported 13 patients with injuries that included smoke inhalation, burns, respiratory burns and fractures.


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Trapped Inside

Initial reports stated that multiple residents were trapped.


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Reaching the Top

A ladder truck was required to reach the top of the three-story, 28-unit apartment building.


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Caring for the Injured

EMS providers treated six Priority 1, one Priority 2 and six Priority 3 patients.


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Call to Action 5

Rehab operations, which were established early on in a nearby parking lot, supported more than 100 firefighters.



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A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, has a background as an EMS director and EMS operations director. He specializes in MCI management.

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