Cleveland Division of Fire Now Carrying Lifesaving Mini CO Detectors

The Cleveland Division of Fire is now using new detectors to help them see an invisible threat: Carbon Monoxide (CO).

The miniature units are carried on the medical bags of the city’s 36 fire companies and alert first responders when they are in an atmosphere with dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide. The Division yesterday announced its use of the new equipment.

“The Cleveland Division of Fire has implemented a Mini CO Detector designed to detect carbon monoxide and it has already resulted in several lives saved,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

“These mini CO Detectors are an important new tool in our toolbox,” said Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “The symptoms of CO poisoning are often similar to the flu. These detectors ensure our members have the information they need to properly diagnose, treat and protect our citizens.”

The Division implemented the detectors in February 2018. Shortly thereafter, firefighters were dispatched to a business in the Lorain neighborhood for flu-like symptoms. The new mini CO detector alerted them to dangerously high levels of CO resulting from a blocked vent.

“We had the patients outside and ready for transport, but I had a hunch that we should check the CO level in the building,” said Lieutenant Michael “Sporty” Kilbane. “Sure enough, the building had a deadly level of CO. The detector may have saved several lives that day.”

The new detectors and other additions to the Cleveland Division of Fire are a result of Issue 32, which passed in November 2016. The tax levy increased the city’s operating budget by $80 million and allows–under the Mayor’s direction – an expansion of city services.

The Division of Fire plans several other enhancements in 2018, including new cadet classes and an upgrade to its computer aided dispatch system.