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Station 11 District 2 firefighters reponds to a man passed out on the street. Engineer Dean Montoya, (cq) (l) and Liet. Chad Burdorf assist (r) (cq) struggled to get the man on a gurney to transport to the hospital. Fire departments are first on the scene because they have a 3 minute arrival time to any scene. Every time a monitored fire alarm goes off, firefighters react with urgency. Putting their own lives on the line, they rush to the scene of a call to tackle what could be a life or death emergency. The Denver Fire Department answers thousands of such calls annually, but about one in 10 is a waste. Data obtained under the Colorado Open Records Act shows that false alarms account for more than 10 percent of the department's total fire alarm calls since 2001. Hotels, hospitals and large apartment complexes are among the biggest violators, records show. The downtown Adam's Mark Hotel, the largest hotel in Colorado with 1,225 rooms, topped the list with 300 false fire alarms since 2001.. ( LINDA McCONNELL / ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) ** (cq)

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