I read:

AMR has sent six ambulances. Three are on scene and three are still en route. Updated triage. We have that one critical that’s already been transported and six black. Update: Total of seven. Six black. One red that has been transported.

What does "red" mean in the context of a crime scene? Covered with blood? Face turned red? Something else?

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    I think some more context and text would be helpful, but I think the Triage answer is right. As a native speaker I wouldn't have thought about this- it's professional jargon, and should get some more context in the passage.
    – VWFeature
    Commented May 10, 2021 at 19:25
  • @VWFeature thanks I extended the quote. Commented May 10, 2021 at 19:54

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Triage colours

The colour black is used to indicate dead, red for life threatening injuries

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    I should add that this would be pretty impenetrable for even an average English speaker - I thought it was card suits at first Commented May 10, 2021 at 19:14
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    Note that 'black' doesn't necessarily mean 'dead now', but does mean 'beyond help'. Depending on just how overloaded a situation is those people may still receive something for pain but resources are still going to be concentrated on people that are actually capable of being saved. Commented May 10, 2021 at 21:07
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    The 'Updated triage.' makes the context clear. Good call!
    – VWFeature
    Commented May 11, 2021 at 21:56

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