Soot Penetrates Dermis 30-Days After Fire

Soot penetrated the dermis of this firefighter 30-days following the Thomas wildfire in California.  Dr. James Brown, PhD reviewed the photographs and shared the following thoughts. My first impression of the pictures and the symptoms (skin irritations) described by other firefighters, is this crew is lucky to have survived such an exposure.  Unfortunately, they are…

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Parkinson’s Disease and Firefighters

For firefighters diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, the attached is a comprehensive overview of  research conducted by firefighter Steve Watts, District Operations, Platoon, D, Victoria, Australia.  Steve's research paper was forwarded to the Coalition after Steve attended the Know Your Smoke training session in Frankston (Melbourne) Australia.   While this research was completed by an Australian firefighter,…

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Perils to Wildland Firefighters

In the spring of 2004 I was heading into my fourth full season as a member of the Alpine Interagency Hotshot Crew. The Alpine Hotshots are a twenty person wildland firefighting crew that is sponsored by the National Park Service and has the pleasure of being based out of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes…

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