Hospital activated disaster response for fire victims

Rogue Valley Medical Center prepared for a disaster when patients overcome by smoke from a west Medford fire were transported to the emergency room Monday morning.

"We did activate an incident command system," said Grant Walker, hospital spokesman. "We did not know how many people were coming in."

Five of the six family members who were found unconscious at the 1027 W. 10th St. fire were transported to RVMC and another was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center.

Medford police have confirmed that four children and two adults were carried from the home.

The conditions of the victims have not been released, but emergency crews performed CPR on all the family members and administered oxygen to the patients on the front lawn of the house.

Walker said a command center, similar to the type set up for wildland fires, was formed with a team of up to 12 people. Other hospital staff were alerted that they might be needed in the emergency room, Walker said.

— Damian Mann

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