Broward County 911 dispatchers need first aid, hospital visits after smelling foul odors

Staffers at one of Broward County‘s three emergency communications centers were sickened Tuesday by foul odors, the second time in a month that such conditions brought firefighters to the Coconut Creek facility.

Twenty-two employees were removed from the building at 4900 W. Copans Rd. after complaining of the smell and symptoms including headaches, dizziness and nausea, said Jeffery Gary, fire marshal for Margate/Coconut Creek Fire Rescue.

The agency and Coral Springs Fire Rescue took six workers to Northwest Medical Center in Margate after the 10 a.m. call, Gary said.

Unlike the prior incident on June 11, when the air was contaminated after batteries in an equipment room became overheated, the source of Tuesday’s offending odors was not immediately determined, officials said.

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