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  • T wave

    An upright, flat, or inverted wave following the QRS complex of the ECG, representing ventricular repolarization.

  • tablet

    A powdered drug that has been molded or compressed into a small disc.

  • Tachometer

    Dashboard or pump panel gauge that measures the engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm).

  • tachyarrhythmia

    A rapid dysrhythmia (heart rate over 120-140/min).

  • tachycardia

    A rapid heart rate, over 100 per minute.

  • tachypnea

    An excessively rapid rate of breathing (over 25/min in adults).

  • tact

    The ability to tell someone to go to hell and have them happy to be on their way. Tact is one of the paramedic’s most important skills a paramedic can have.

  • Tag accountability

    System in which each firefighter is issued two identification tags, one of which is then collected by a safety officer and held while the firefighter is in a hazardous area. To reclaim the tag, the firefighter must present the matching Read on! →

  • Tailboard

    Back step of fire apparatus.

  • Tailboard

    Portion at rear of fire engine where firefighters could stand and ride (now considered overly dangerous), or step up to access hoses in the hose bed.

  • tamponade

    To squeeze or block off. To block with pressure or with a balloon.

  • tamponade (cardiac)

    Acute compression of the heart caused by accumulation of serous fluid or blood in the pericardium.

  • Tandem

    Two-axle suspension.

  • Tandem Pumping

    Short relay operation in which the pumper taking water from the supply source pumps into the intake of the second pumper. The second pumper boosts the pressure of the water even higher. This method is used when pressures higher than Read on! →

  • Tanker

    (1) Also Mobile Water Supply Fire Apparatus. (2) In ICS terms, tanker refers to a water-transporting fixed-wing aircraft.

  • Tanker

    In use for a long time to refer to a truck designed solely to transport a large quantity of water. Sometimes these trucks are referred to as "Tenders" (see Tender below) and the term "tanker" is reserved for aircraft equipped Read on! →

  • Tanker/Pumper

    A mobile water supply apparatus equipped with a fire pump. In some jurisdictions, this term is used to differentiate a fire pump equipped mobile water supply apparatus whose main purpose is to shuttle water.

  • tarsal

    Pertaining to the ankle.

  • Task force

    Any combination or single resources assembled for a particular tactical need, with common communications and a leader. A Task Force may be pre-established and sent to an incident, or formed at an incident.

  • Task Force Tips (TFT)

    a popular brand of adjustable fog stream Combination Nozzle, now a ubiquitous term for that type of nozzle.

  • Taxpayer

    1 to 2 story store, or place of business, usually with a residence attached

  • TBW

    An abbreviation for total body water. Usually expressed as a percent of body weight. Men-60% Women-70% Children-80% Infants-90%

  • telemetry

    A process of communicating physiologic data, such as the ECG, over long distances by radio or telephone. Also known as Biotelemetry.

  • Telescoping Aerial Platform Apparatus

    Type of aerial apparatus equipped with an elevating platform; also equipped with piping systems and nozzles for elevated master stream operations. These apparatus are not meant to be climbed and are equpped with a small ladder that is to be Read on! →

  • Telescoping Boom

    Aerial device raised and extended via sections that slide within each other.

  • Temperature

    Measure of a material’s ability to transfer heat energy to other objects: the greater the energy, the higher the temperature; measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a sample of matter expressed in terms of units or Read on! →

  • Temperature

    Measure of a material’s ability to transfer heat energy to other objects: the greater the energy, the higher the temperature; measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a sample of matter expressed in terms of units or Read on! →

  • temple

    The region on each side of the head above and anterior to the ears.

  • temporal

    The region of the temples.

  • temporal lobe

    A brain lobe containing the control centers for speech.

  • temporomandibular joint

    The articulation of the mandible with the skull.

  • Ten Standard Firefighting Orders

    A set of orders designed to be systematically implemented by wildland firefighters to prevent their being trapped by a wildfire.

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