RAE Systems and Fire Smoke Coalition to Deliver “Know Your Smoke” Symposium on Dangerous Effects of Smoke Exposure

Training for Firefighters and Emergency Responders in Dade City, FL, and Parris Island, SC, Provides Practical HCN and CO Training to Increase Firefighter Safety

San Jose, Calif. – Jan. 10, 2014 – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 175,000 firefighters were injured by smoke inhalation between 1981 and 2010. And despite the fact that number of fires in the U.S. is decreasing each year, the number of civilians and firefighters dying in fires is actually increasing.

To help educate firefighters on these dangers, RAE Systems by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) will collaborate with the Fire Smoke Coalition to deliver the “Know Your Smoke: The Dangers of Fire Smoke Exposure” symposium for firefighters and first responders in Dade City, Florida, on January 10, 2014, and Parris Island, South Carolina, on January 11, 2014.

The training will provide firefighters with an invaluable resource for education on the dangerous health effects of fire smoke exposure and protocols on how to precede safely and effectively in dangerous smoke inhalation situations.

Both conferences include a classroom session followed by a live burn and smoke practical. During the live burn session, instructors will teach firefighters how to conduct atmospheric monitoring at every fire scene – while burning household items such as plastics, foams, synthetics, laminates and roofing materials. Most important, firefighters will learn that every fire scene is a HazMat environment – a cultural shift for fire departments throughout the world. 

The practical will focus on the proper use of atmospheric monitoring equipment with an emphasis on monitoring HCN (hydrogen cyanide) and CO (carbon monoxide) because those are the only two treatable toxicants if smoke exposure occurs.

Toxic gas monitoring systems are essential life-saving components of fire department equipment. The “Know Your Smoke” event will help educate firefighters and emergency personnel on their effective use to avoid dangerous smoke inhalation, most especially during overhaul operations.

“It’s important that firefighters pay better attention to the dangers, both short and long term, that are associated with fire smoke,” said Shawn Longerich, executive director of the Fire Smoke Coalition. “It will take training to change the culture among firefighters that praises smoke-filled uniforms or soot-covered faces, but the ‘Know Your Smoke’ program is working to help firefighters make better, more informed decisions.”

The free firefighter and EMS training will take place at Pasco-Hernando Community College, E-Building Auditorium, located at 36727 Blanton Road in Dade City. The Parris Island event will take place at the Parris Island Fire Rescue, Building 406, located at the Henderson Street Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Learn More, See More

  • Register for the Fire Smoke Symposium training event for first responders HERE.
  • Watch videos on previous Fire Smoke training sessions and RAE Systems CO gas detectors and HCN gas detectors HERE.

About Fire Smoke Coalition
The mission of the Fire Smoke Coalition is to focus the required attention and resources on the deadly and life-long consequences of breathing fire smoke by teaching firefighters and first responders how to prevent, protect, detect, diagnose, and appropriately treat the exposure if it occurs. Learn more at www.firesmoke.org.

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