RAE Systems and Fire Smoke Coalition to Deliver Utah-Based Free Training to Emergency Personnel on the Dangers of the “Toxic Twins”
“Know Your Smoke” Symposium Discusses Dangerous Effects Of HCN and CO; Provides Practical Training to Increase Firefighter Safety
San Jose, Calif. – Oct. 1, 2013 – 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 the number of fires in the U.S. is decreasing each year, the amount of civilians andfirefighters dying in fires is actually increasing.
To help educate firefighters on these dangers, RAE Systems, Inc. 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 Provo, Utah, on October 11, 2013.
The free training will take place at Utah Valley University’s Emergency Services Department at 3131 Mike Jense Parkway, in Provo. The training will provide firefighters with an invaluable resource for education on the dangerous health effects of fire smoke exposure and protocol on how to proceed safely and effectively during fire ground operations. Those interested in attending can find more information and register for this free training event online at http://bit.ly/1850BVy.
The conference includes a classroom session on Friday, October 11, followed by a burn and smoke practical. The burn practical will focus on the proper use of atmospheric monitoring equipment with an emphasis on monitoring HCN and CO. These are the only two treatable toxicants if smoke exposure occurs. During the burn practical session, the instructors will focus on teaching firefighters how to conduct atmospheric monitoring at every fire scene through practical training exercises 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.
Toxic gas monitoring systems are an essential life-saving component 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.
“There are still a lot of wide-spread misconceptions about the dangers of fire smoke,” said Shawn Longerich, executive director of the Fire Smoke Coalition. “Firefighters are plagued with illness and disease today, most all of which can be associated with long-term exposure to the lethal toxicants in fire smoke. These events are critical in keeping firefighters and the public-at-large safe and informed about the negative health effects of smoke exposure.”
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
- Learn more and watch videos about real-time gas detection in the fire ground 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.
About RAE Systems Inc.
RAE Systems innovates, designs and manufactures gas monitors and radiation detectors. The company offers a full line of fixed and portable gas detection solutions, including handheld and personal chemical, compound and radiation detection instruments. RAE Systems’ real-time safety and detection systems have been deployed by organizations in the oil and gas, fire and HazMat, industrial safety, national security and environmental markets, helping save lives and maintain safety in 120 countries. The company’s industry-leading gas sensors and radiation detection solutions are widely recognized for their performance and reliability. Learn more at raesystems.com.
On June 4, 2013, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) completed its acquisition of RAE Systems Inc. The company will be integrated into Honeywell Analytics, part of Honeywell Life Safety (HLS) within Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS). Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
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