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The 911 call in Aurora, Colorado, came from a woman threatening to asphyxiate herself with a garden hose connected to an auto exhaust pipe. Within minutes, nine paramedics and fire fighters aboard two pumper trucks, a battalion fire chief in a Ford Bronco and a pair of medics from a private ambulance company had converged on the scene to administer oxygen to the woman and transport her to a hospital. Across this Denver suburb, a variety of rescue scenes were being repeated in similar all-hands fashion. Boasts fire chief Ray Barnes: "When lives are at stake, we want the fullest emergency...

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