Firefighter Hood Research

Firefighter hoods have been demonstrated to be somewhat permeable to particulate matter and may not provide adequate protection to firefighters with respect to reducing toxic exposures. FSC is raising funds to study the effectiveness of firefighter hoods in preventing skin exposure to toxic materials (PAHs and heavy metals.)  This investigation is intended to assess and…

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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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