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  • C-Factor

    Factor that indicates the roughness of the inner surface of piping or fire hose.

  • cachexia

    Severe malnutrition and poor health as a result of disease or lack of nourishment.

  • cafe coronary

    Choking incident, so named because its suddenness may lead observers to mistake it for a heart attack.

  • Calcined

    Process that heats a substance to a high temperature but below the melting or fusing point, causing loss of moisture, reduction or oxidation, and decomposition of carbonates and other compounds.

  • Calcined

    Process that heats a substance to a high temperature but below the melting or fusing point, causing loss of moisture, reduction or oxidation, and decomposition of carbonates and other compounds.

  • calcium

    A bivalent cation required for proper functioning of heart muscle and normal bone metabolism.

  • Calibrate

    To standardize or adjust the increments on a measuring instrument.

  • Call Firefighter

    In the U.S., call firefighters respond as needed on a part-time basis to all types of emergencies. Call firefighters train with their local engine companies in their districts. Call firefighters are utilized in three different ways. ?First Responder" call firefighter Read on! →

  • Can

    Slang for a fire extinguisher.

  • cancer

    A growth in any tissue that has the power to invade other tissues and spread to other parts of the body.

  • Candle

    A standing tree with a broken top which often continues to burn after the main firefront has passed. Candles usually send up a fountain of sparks and burning embers which may travel some distance and be of concern if near Read on! →

  • cannula

    A tube for insertion into a blood vessel or organ system.

  • Canteen Unit

    Emergency vehicle that provides food, drinks, and other rehabilitative services to emergency workers at extended incidents.

  • Cantilever

    A beam that is unsupported at one or both ends. typically used to support balconies or apartments and some office buildings.

  • Cantilever Roof

    Roof structure extending from the edge of the building, which is anchored at only one end.

  • Cantilever Roof

    Roof structure extending from the edge of the building, which is anchored at only one end.

  • Cantilever walls

    Walls that extend beyond the structure that supports them

  • Capacity

    Maximum ability of a pump or water distribution system to deliver water.

  • capillary

    An extremely narrow blood vessel, composed of a single layer of cells through which oxygen and nutritive material pass to the tissues. ;Capillaries form a network between arterioles and venules.

  • capsule

    A cylinder gelatin container enclosing a dose of medication, usually in powdered form.

  • carbohydrate

    An element of food containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, e.g., sugar or starch.

  • Carbon Dioxide

    Colorless, odorless, heavier than-air gas that neither supports combustion nor burns; used in portable fire extinguishers as an extinguishing agent to extinguish Class B or Class C fires by smothering or displacing oxygen

  • Carbon Dioxide

    Colorless, odorless, heavier than-air gas that neither supports combustion nor burns; used in portable fire extinguishers as an extinguishing agent to extinguish Class B or Class C fires by smothering or displacing oxygen

  • carbon dioxide (CO2)

    An end product of carbohydrate metabolism, eliminated from the body by respiration.

  • carbon monoxide (CO)

    Colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by incomplete combustion of organic materials.

  • carboxyhemoglobin

    Hemoglobin that is combined with carbon monoxide instead of oxygen.

  • cardiac

    Pertaining to the heart; sometimes used to refer to a person who has heart disease.

  • cardiac arrest

    The sudden and unexpected cessation of adequate cardiac output.

  • cardiac asthma

    Left heart failure and pulmonary edema with wheezing respirations.

  • cardiac cycle

    The period from one cardiac contraction to the next. Each cardiac cycle includes ventricular contraction (systole) and relaxation (diastole).

  • cardiac output

    The amount of blood pumped by the heart per minute, calculated by multiplying the stroke volume times the heart rate per minute.

  • cardiac rupture

    A life-threatening complication of acute myocardial infarction that can involve the papillary muscle, interventricular septum, or myocardium.

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