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  • Monitor

    Master stream appliance whose stream direction can be changed while water is being discharged. They can be fixed, portable, or a combination.

  • Monitor

    Individual assigned to supervise an evacuation process for a specified area within a structure such as a ward monitor or floor monitor

  • monovalent

    Having a single charge, e.g.,the sodium ion (Na+).

  • Mop-up

    Extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned, to make a fire safe, or to reduce residual smoke.

  • morbidity

    A synonym for illness; generally used to refer to an untoward effect of an illness or injury.

  • morphine

    A narcotic analgesic used to relieve pain and anxiety and to alleviate pulmonary edema.

  • mortality

    Death from a given disease or injury.

  • Mortar

    A mixture of sand, cement, and water used to bond masonry units into solid mass. The joints between bricks are filled with mortar. Mortar joints are sometimes the easiest to penetrate when a masonry wall must be breached.

  • motor aphasia

    Loss of speech or some component thereof.

  • motor nerves

    Nerves that send messages from the brain to various organs and muscles to stimulate voluntary and involuntary actions.

  • mouth-to-mouth ventilation

    An emergency method of artificial ventilation without adjuncts in which the rescuer exhales through his mouth into the mouth of the victim.

  • mouth-to-nose ventilation

    An emergency method of artificial ventilation used when the mouth-to-mouth technique cannot be performed. In this method, the rescuer exhales through his mouth into the nose of the victim.

  • mucosa

    Any mucous membrane.

  • mucous membrane

    A membrane that lines many organs of the body and contains small, mucus-secreting glands.

  • mucus

    A viscid, slippery secretion that serves as a lubricant and protects various surfaces.

  • multifocal

    Arising from or pertaining to many foci or locations.

  • Multigas detector

    Measuring device designed to indicate concentrations of multiple (typically four) selected gases, such as oxygen, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, hydrogen cyanide, etc.

  • multipara

    A woman who has had more than two pregnancies; also called "multip".

  • Multiple alarms

    A request by an incident commander for additional personnel and apparatus. [e.g. "Send me a 2nd Alarm." "Dispatch a 2nd Alarm." "Ring a 2nd Alarm."] Each additional alarm (level) typically includes a predetermined set of additional apparatus and personnel, which Read on! →

  • multiplex

    A method by which simultaneous transmission and reception of voice and ECG signals can be achieved over a single radio frequency.

  • Multistage Centrifugal Pump

    Any centrifugal fire pump having more than one impeller

  • Multistage Centrifugal Pump

    Any centrifugal fire pump having more than one impeller

  • murmur

    A sound that may be detected in the heart when one or more of the valves is creating abnormal turbulence in flow..

  • muscle

    The tissue comprising fibers that have the ability to shorten, thus causing bones and joints to move.

  • muscular tremor artifact

    Numerous, extraneous deflections in the ECG caused by muscle movement or shivering.

  • Mushroom Capital

    Flaring conical head on a concrete column

  • Mushroom Capital

    Flaring conical head on a concrete column

  • Mutual aid

    An agreement between nearby fire companies to assist each other during emergencies by responding with available manpower and apparatus. If these resources can be requested or dispatched without getting specific approval from a chief officer at the time of an Read on! →

  • Mutual aid

    cross-jurisdictional assistance with emergency services by pre-arranged agreement.

  • mV

    An abbreviation for millivolt.

  • MVA

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • myalgia

    Pain in the muscles.