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‘Go big fast’: All city fire stations respond to fire alarm, report of smoke, at WMC Friday

(File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — All city units from each Casper Fire-EMS station were activated Friday around 9:00 a.m. to a fire alarm and a report of smoke at the Wyoming Medical Center, Casper Fire-EMS Captain Patrick McJunkin on the agency’s live Facebook update Saturday morning.

The “smoke” turned out to be the result of “a mechanical process” due to some work going on in a separate part of the building, McJunkin said, and may have been a cloud of dust as the result of a grinding tool.

“Once we had that figured out, we were able to scale that response back quickly,” McJunkin said.

McJunkin said the full-scale response is standard procedure at “complex, high-risk” facilities like the WMC, where there are many patients that could not be evacuated easily. The report of smoke also contributed to the upgraded response.

“In the fire service, we have a saying … ‘Go big fast,’” McJunkin said. “It’s kind of a philosophy that, if we think we have a large or significant incident, we’re going to try and get as many resources going to that incident as possible.”

The incident was the most complex and significant of the 33 calls for emergency service Casper Fire-EMS responded to Friday, McJunkin said.